Mariners Steal Milton Bradley From Cubs

Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIIDecember 18, 2009

CHICAGO - AUGUST 30: Milton Bradley #21 of the Chicago Cubs follows the flight of the ball against the New York Mets on August 30, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Mets defeated the Cubs 4-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Chicago area deep dish pizza places beware–Carlos Silva is coming to town!

According to various sources, the Seattle Mariners have traded RHP pitcher Carlos Silva to the Chicago Cubs for OF Milton Bradley. This is essentially a swap of contracts as Silva has two years and $24 million remaining on his deal and Bradley has two years and $21 million remaining on his deal.

This is a heist by Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik.

I know Bradley could be insane. I know Bradley could be a lunatic. And I know he clearly has some issues that go beyond the game of baseball.

But Bradley has value. Even if Bradley just gets one hit and drives in one run in 2010, he will be more valuable for Seattle than Silva would have been.

Bradley is headed to Seattle.

I actually think Bradley will do well in Seattle. Bradley needs to play in a place where the fans are not on top of you like they are in Chicago or New York, and Seattle is just that.

The Mariners have a good clubhouse, Ken Griffey Jr. is will be there to be a mentor, and Bradley won’t be bothered by the media like he was in Chicago.

He will be the Mariners’ primary DH with a sprinkling of left field in 2010 and will be asked just to hit. Something he did quite well with the Texas Rangers in 2008.

Bradley hit just .257 with 12 home runs and a .775 OPS for the Cubs last season. However, the year before with Texas, Bradley hit .321 with 22 home runs and led the American League with a .999 OPS.

I think Bradley could fall somewhere in between his 2008 and 2009 seasons with Seattle in 2010. If Bradley hit around .275 with a .380 OBP and a .830 OPS, the Mariners’ lineup will get some much needed depth.

That is why this trade is such a heist for the Mariners. Bradley has potential. Silva is the most useless pitcher in the game. He would have never seen the field for the Mariners.

Now Silva and his 8.60 ERA from 2009 is the Cubs’ problem.

Listen, I know the Cubs had to trade Bradley. There was no way he could come back in 2010. But GM Jim Hendry really screwed this one up–as usual.

Hendry was screwing around with the Tampa Bay Rays for the last two months trying to figure out a way to do a Pat Burrell for Bradley swap. He kept trying to stick a round peg in a square hole in Tampa and the deal was never going to work.

In that time he missed out on Curtis Granderson and Mike Cameron–two prime center field options for the Cubs.

What he should have done is either figured out a way to send Bradley to the Rays or he should have called Zduriencik two months ago and gotten a deal done then.

If your entire offseason is dependent on trading one player–then you have to trade him right away–no matter what.

At least if they would have gotten Burrell from the Rays, Burrell still has some value. Silva has no value what so ever.

The Cubs have been held hostage by Bradley and now they are looking at guys like Rick Ankiel or Marlon Byrd to play center field. Neither should excite a Cubs fan.

The Cubs will also get $6 million from the Mariners over the next two years. However, it doesn’t matter.

This was a steal by the Mariners.

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