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Enough is enough: Milton Bradley designated for assignment by Mariners

May 9, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

Milton Bradley, Gerry Davis

UPDATE: Turns out, it was just a temporary stay of execution for Bradley, as the Mariners have now designated him for assignment while recalling prospect Carlos Peguero from Triple-A.

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of market there is for Bradley as a free agent given that he hasn’t hit well in several years and has already played for (and presumably burned bridges with) the Mariners, Indians, A’s, Dodgers, Rangers, Padres, and Cubs.

My guess is he winds up accepting a minor-league deal.

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Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times and Dave Cameron of U.S.S. Mariner don’t always agree on all things Mariners, but today they both wrote that Seattle should get rid of Milton Bradley.

Once upon a time the thought of putting up with Bradley’s on- and off-field antics may have seemed like a worthwhile tradeoff for solid production from a switch-hitting corner outfielder, but Bradley simply hasn’t hit since joining the Mariners.

He batted .205 with a .641 OPS in 73 games last year and is hitting .218 with a .669 OPS through 28 games this year, which would be awful production from a choir boy with a great glove, let alone a pain in the ass whose best position is designated hitter.

Baker writes that Bradley’s “behavior is starting to impact games” and speculated that he could be on the verge of being released, but instead the Mariners created a roster spot for call-up Mike Wilson by designating a different outfielder, Ryan Langerhans, for assignment.

Apparently they aren’t ready to cut bait on him quite yet, but Cameron notes that Bradley wasn’t even great for the Cubs in 2008 and is 33 years old, so even setting aside the various headaches he brings to a team the odds are stacked against him bouncing back in a big way.

  1. largebill - May 9, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    This is border line plagiarism since a similar story was written in every other city Bradley has played in. :-)

  2. sknut - May 9, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    I think there is a database, where the new writer just has to fill in the details. Makes it much easier when we all know how this story ends.

  3. kopy - May 9, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Funny enough, the Mariners just designated Bradley for assignment. So, to answer Aaron’s question: about an hour.

  4. marinersnate - May 9, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    But… But…. At .218 Milton is one of our best hitters!

    Seriously, it is about time. Watching Bradley attempt to play LF this season was painful. The real mystery, to me anyway, is why cut Langerhans and keep Cust? Neither can hit but Langerhans is at least useful in the OF.

  5. goforthanddie - May 9, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    I prefer Milton Bradley the board game people.

  6. cintiphil - May 9, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Well, who could have guessed this? Maybe the Cubs?

    • fthrvic - May 9, 2011 at 4:14 PM

      Or any of the other teams/debacles mentioned in the article.

  7. Jonny 5 - May 9, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    What are the odds on the trail of blame? His child’s day care center, over/ under? manager, over/ under? “the man”, over/under?

    • Utley's Hair - May 9, 2011 at 5:13 PM

      Craig and his cellar-dwelling booger-eating minions on HBT…?

      • cur68 - May 9, 2011 at 8:08 PM

        You know Bradley like pie. He shares it with Luke Scott.

      • BC - May 10, 2011 at 9:43 AM

        Cake is better than pie.

  8. missthemexpos - May 9, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Too bad the Expo’s are not around, as I cannot remember Milton burning any bridges in Montreal. Oh well, one less member of former Expo’s still in the MLB.

  9. sanzarq - May 9, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Any GM that signs this jerk should be immediately fired. I hope this is the last story I ever have to read about this Word-Class LOSER!!

  10. pisano - May 9, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    You had to be a deaf, dumb, and blind man not to have seen this coming. Like I’ve said before Milton is destine for a jail cell.

  11. joeanaert93 - May 10, 2011 at 7:27 AM

    I dont know what he is so mad about all the time he makes 12 million a year, so hit the ball and run and shut up!

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