The Cubs could announce as early as Friday afternoon that they have traded Milton Bradley to the Mariners for pitcher Carlos Silva. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune is reporting that Seattle will pay the Cubs $9 million as part of the deal.
Silva will bring one of the worst contracts in recent history to Chicago; he signed a four-year, $48 million deal before 2008 and has done nothing since. In his two seasons in Seattle, Silva has pitched in 36 games and lost 18 of them with an ERA near seven.
In 2009, Silva appeared in eight games, starting six. He was 1-3 with an 8.60 ERA and 1.71 WHIP. He is due $11.5 million for each of the next two seasons, with a mutual option for 2012 that would need an act of God to be picked up.
Adding Silva to the Cubs' rotation means Randy Wells is now the only Cubs' starter making less thatn $11.5 million in 2010; Carlos Zambrano, Ted Lilly and Ryan Dempster all make over $12 million.
Bradley, on the other hand, takes a volatile personality to Seattle but a potent bat with it. It will be interesting to see how he impacts the dynamic in the lineup for the Mariners, who brought back Ken Griffey Jr. to be their DH in 2010.
So Cubs GM Jim Hendry succeeded in not paying any of Bradley's contract in a trade, but has brought back a worthless asset that will be on the Cubs' books for the next two years. Meanwhile, most of the players the Cubs coveted on the free agent market are now wearing another uniform.