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Milton Bradley Market

By bullpenbrian - December 10, 2009 - 2:00 am Leave a comment.

Who knows if there’s truly a market for Milton Bradley.

I mean seriously, why on earth would you want this guy on your club?

But good for Jim Hendry if he’s stirring the pot to generate more interest anyway.


GM Meetings At O’Hare Hilton

By bullpenbrian - November 10, 2009 - 12:32 am Leave a comment.

Jim Hendry can trade Milton Bradley from his own backyard.

The GM meetings last until Wednesday at the O’Hare Hilton, and the sooner Hendry deals Bradley the better.

Despite the new ownership of Tom Ricketts, the Cubs’ payroll is expected to increase just slightly from last year’s.

That means with at least six players arbitration eligible, the Cubs have barely enough wiggle room to get everyone resigned and think about adding one mid-level free-agent, too.

Lord knows I’m not crying about the Cubs’ payroll. It’s plenty high. Too high, in fact, not to be in the postseason.

But the timing of a Bradley trade isn’t about the team chemistry stuff. Instead, this time it’s soley about the money…specifically the $21 million still owed to him by the Cubs.

In all honesty, I couldn’t care less what player(s) the Cubs get in return. All I’m interested in is how much money the Cubs can get out from under Bradley’s contract.

In turn, whatever that number comes out to be it’s best served going towards some bullpen help.


Bradley Is Hendry’s Defining Moment

By bullpenbrian - September 21, 2009 - 12:36 am Leave a comment.

This is the moment that defines Jim Hendry’s career.

A career that’s no longer defined by any previous player transactions or back-to-back division titles.

It’s about a single deadly move that helped tear apart a 97-win team before the first game was even played this season.

Milton Bradley played Hendry for a sucker, which he was, and now it’s put Hendry’s job in jeopardy.


Milton Bradley Injures Cubs

By bullpenbrian - June 5, 2009 - 1:08 am 4 comments.


Call me crazy, but the Cubs would be better off without Milton Bradley.

In 51 games this season Bradley has already suffered two injuries and served a suspension for arguing with an umpire.

It’s the story of his baseball life: bruised body, bruised ego.

Why Jim Hendry ever believed Milton Bradley could stay healthy–or sane–on the North Side, I don’t know?

But it seems consecutive sweeps in the postseason encouraged Hendry to take a risk he normally wouldn’t bite on.

At last, the decision to sign Bradley for 3-years at $30 million is biting him back.


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