Meet Milton Bradley

Neil FinnellCorrespondent IJanuary 9, 2009

Will the fifth time be the charm for Jim Hendry? On Thursday the Cubs GM introduced the Cubs' new right fielder, Milton Bradley, to the Chicago Media and to the Faithful. Bradley requested a familiar number and maybe the newest number twenty-one will provide the Cubs with the stability that position has not seen in over five years.

Milton Bradley said all of the right things his first day as a Chicago Cub. And while he came across intense and focused as he dealt with interview after interview, he appeared different than he has in the past....but one thing is for sure, the man wants to win and he wants to win games for the Chicago Cubs.

Updated - 7:50am C.T. - With Information on Bradley's Contract

Milton Bradley mentioned that he does not consider himself the luckiest man on the face of the earth, but the most blessed man on the face of the earth. Bradley talked about winning and playing in 180 games next season...and the fact he has always gotten along with his teammates. Bradley said sometimes he cares too much and tries to please everyone.

He told Rob Dibble during an interview on XM Radio that he's giddy about being in Chicago and that Lou Piniella's giddy about having him on the team. Bradley added that the Cubs have been on his radar for a while and after years in the majors he finally feels like he is in the big leagues.

Here are videos and links to several interviews given by Milton Bradley on Thursday. Take the time on a Friday and see what the man is about....and you might just find he is all about winning.

Milton Bradley on NBC Chicago

Highlights of Milton Bradley's Press Conference

Video from ESPN on Milton Bradley

Opening Day Lineups?

After Milton Bradley was introduced on Thursday, the lineup debate began. Both the Hot Stove Show on the MLB Network and Dave Kaplan gave their thoughts on how Lou Piniella should fill out his lineup card.

Proposed Lineup from MLB Network:

  1. Alfonso Soriano - LF
  2. Aaron Miles - 2B
  3. Derrek Lee - 1B
  4. Aramis Ramirez - 3B
  5. Milton Bradley - RF
  6. Geovany Soto - C
  7. Kosuke Fukudome - CF
  8. Ryan Theriot - SS

Proposed Lineup from Dave Kaplan:

  1. Alfonso Soriano - LF
  2. Aaron Miles/Mike Fontenot - 2B
  3. Aramis Ramirez - 3B
  4. Milton Bradley - RF
  5. Derrek Lee - 1B
  6. Geovany Soto - C
  7. Reed Johnson/Kosuke Fukudome - CF
  8. Ryan Theriot - SS

Here's a quick run down from ESPN on the Cubs off-season....

ESPN's Cubs Hot Stove Report

Update - 7:50am C.T. - According to a report in the Sun-Times, Milton Bradley will earn a $5 million base salary in 2009 and $9 million in 2010 with a $4 million signing bonus split over the two seasons.

Bruce Levine reported, after the Cubs agreed to terms with Bradley, that the third year was an option year....and according to the Sun-Times, Bradley is scheduled to earn $12 million in 2011 "but a multilayered set of clauses turns the final year into a team option". The third year appears to be a vesting team option that Levine reported based on games played in the first two years with a $2 million buyout.