Let’s not confuse the Milton Bradley trade for a great day in Cubs’ history. The fact is it’s far from it.
Sorry, but trading the most cankerous sore in Cubs’ history for Carlos Silva just isn’t on par with no-hitters, record setting performances or dare I say, a world championship.
Doesn’t mean I’m not happy to see Bradley go. The truth is I’m thrilled.
Sad knowing the biggest news this offseason is the grand opening of the The Rink at Wrigley, which opens Saturday at 11 a.m.
Further details include:
-Ryan Dempster throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita.
Riddle me this Cubs fans. Which will go first, Milton Bradley or Ryan Demspter’s 13-room mansion in Lakeview (Wrigleyville)?
The pitcher’s pad is on the block for $2.25 million, which is just a touch out of my price range…only by about $2 million or so, but check out the place anyway:
Maybe today’s the day Milton becomes a Tampa Bay Ray? It appears that’s the only legit option left on the table for Hendry anyway.
I’ve said all along the Cubs should take Burrell in exchange for Bradley. So what if Burrell doesn’t fit the Cubs roster, which he doesn’t, that’s not the point. You eat most of Bradley’s contract, flip Burrell for low-level prospects and move on.
Letting this circus drag on is the last thing the Cubs wanted, but is exactly what’s happening. Not to mention, with each passing day Hendry losses leverage.
Another idle week of chit-chat and it’s likely the Cubs release Milton, eat all of the $21 million still owed on his contract and get nothing in return. And that bomb, like Bradley, is ticking.
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.
Chicago Cubs blogger Bullpen Brian says he’s surprised at the attention he’s received this week over a photo taken of him during baseball’s GM meetings at the O’Hare Hilton.
The recent photos revealed Brian’s skin color, particularly the face, much paler than his normal caramel tone. His physical resemblance to that of a Silverback Gorilla didn’t go unnoticed, either.
Speculation first arose from Cubs Nation that Brian completed several cycles of performance enhancing drugs this past summer, thus explaining his abnormally large muscle mass.
Additionally, his affection for bananas and walking on all fours has also fueled the debate.
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.
I have little doubt Rudy Jaramillo can resurrect the Cubs offense from two seasons ago when they led the world in runs scored.
The man is widely regarded as the best in the business at his craft, and the Cubs are wisely paying him handsomely to perform his magic on the North Side.
But asking Jaramillo to heal the incurable Milton Bradley is foolish.
I’m willing to give Jim Hendry a mulligan on the Bradley signing, on one condition, of course.
That being Hendry’s ability to clean-up his own mess.
Clean-up duty, as we all know, never appears as large a job as it truly is, and trading the game’s most recognizable malcontent won’t be easy, either.
Hendry and the Cubs, however, can’t move forward this offseason until they take a step back and trade Milton.
Let me guess, this time he really means it.
How many times has Bradley read this same apology…three, four, fives times?
It’s another lame joke buried in the latest chapter of baseball’s version of the T.O. Show.
For certain, the only thing sorry here is Bradley himself.
And in the words of Bugs Bunny, ‘What a maroon.’