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Mariners GM says Milton Bradley “is going to come in and compete for a starting position”

Jan 25, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

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Last week Milton Bradley was arrested and charged with a felony after allegedly threatening a woman, which is the latest in a long line of on- and off-field “incidents” involving the troubled outfielder who’s played for eight teams in 11 years.

At the time there was speculation the Mariners might simply get rid of Bradley, which given his sizable contract and awful 2010 performance would likely mean an outright release, but today general manager Jack Zduriencik suggested that won’t be the case.

Here are some of Zduriencik’s comments, first in a radio interview with Dave Mahler and then in a follow-up chat with Larry Stone of the Seattle Times:

Obviously, there’s a legal process that Milton has to go through. As of right now, he’s a part of the organization, and we’re planning on him coming into spring training and competing for a job. He’s a member of the organization, he’s signed. Our stand right now is that he’s going to come in and compete for a starting position. I think he competes for those two positions [left field and designated hitter], probably more toward left field. Because he’s a switch-hitter, when he’s healthy, there’s a degree of versatility.

In other words, if Bradley’s legal status doesn’t keep him from playing the Mariners will keep him on the roster. They’d surely love to simply void his contract, but as Craig wrote last week that’s highly unlikely. He has a court date scheduled for February 8.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jan 25, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    This guy is a scroteywart.

  2. xmatt0926x - Jan 25, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    He’s going to come in and compete for nothing. What he will come in and do is put forth some type of effort and if the job isn’t handed to him he will blame his teammates for conspiring against him. Just for good measure he’ll likely throw in the race card as well. Just a guess…

  3. xpensivewinos - Jan 25, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    This dude is obviously mentally ill and completely unstable.

    Why haven’t any of his “eight teams in 11 years” tried to get this guy the real help he needs. Anger management is the tip of the iceberg with him.

    He’s nuts.

    • pisano - Jan 25, 2011 at 6:56 PM

      Prison is the help he’ll get when he crosses the line. He’s on his way.

  4. golfjackal - Jan 25, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    This guy needs some serious intervention….I’d like to see Dr. Drew cure this guy..could you imagine Bradley in a counseling session with Dennis Rodman? That would be priceless!

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