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Unable to dump him via trade, Mariners release Milton Bradley

May 16, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

Milton Bradley, Gerry Davis

As expected, the Mariners were unable to find a team interested in trading for Milton Bradley after they designated him for assignment last week, so they’ve outright released the veteran outfielder.

The fact that no team was willing to take on what’s left of the $12 million Bradley is owed for this season is no surprise, although presumably the Mariners would have offered to eat nearly all of that money to get anything in return.

Bradley is now a free agent, with Seattle on the hook for his entire contract, which means any team that signs him now could pay him just a prorated portion of the MLB minimum. Or about $250,000.

However, my guess is he’ll have to settle for a minor-league contract and hit his way back to the majors, because in addition to his well-documented history of “incidents” Bradley also hasn’t produced at the plate since 2009.

  1. Jonny 5 - May 16, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    “Milton Bradley” and “Dump” in the same sentence. Perfect.

  2. aceshigh11 - May 16, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    He can always go back to designing high-quality boardgames that children all over the world love.

    • skerney - May 16, 2011 at 7:55 PM

      I like Battleship the most.

  3. heyblueyoustink - May 16, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Where did Carlos Silva end up? Maybe they can hook up and wax ecstatic about robbing money from a couple of major league teams

    • sdelmonte - May 16, 2011 at 3:08 PM

      And don’t forget Ollie Perez.

    • jwbiii - May 16, 2011 at 8:24 PM

      Silva is in AA Trenton.

  4. goforthanddie - May 16, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Good riddance.

  5. icanspeel - May 16, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    There was a time when his bat overshadowed his insanity and gave him opportunities, but I think that era is finally over.

  6. Jeremiah Graves - May 16, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Somewhere there is an independent league team on the phone to pull in Castillo, Perez, Silva, Bradley and any one of the other dozens of overpaid free agents still lurking after getting cut.

  7. sanzarq - May 16, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Please just retire Milton! Millions are fans are sick & tired of reading about you!

  8. bigharold - May 16, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    I would think most MLB teams would spend 250 large to keep rift raff like that away from their young talent.

    You can’t fix stupid and you sure can’t fix nutbag stupid.

  9. xmatt0926x - May 16, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    I just spoke by phone to Elijah Dukes, Gary Sheffield, and Lastings Milledge and they are sure that if people just stopped picking on Milton that he would thrive. They feel everyone is against him and that “the man” has been out to get him from day 1. Interesting…..

  10. pisano - May 17, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    I’ll bet the other teams are going to fight for this malcontents services. There’s a prison cell waiting for Milton and it shouldn’t be long before he’s in it.

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