Cubs Eyeing Milton Bradley
While a Juan Pierre deal appears imminent, Jim Hendry has a backup plan in place for his center field vacancy. Should the Marlins back out of the deal at the last minute, Hendry will go hard after Dodgers problem child Milton Bradley.
Bradley stands out as an undervalued center fielder entering his prime. Bradley is projected to easily outplay Pierre in 2006, with better offensive numbers across the board (except for steals). He also rates as a much better defender. Attitude problems have followed Bradley. Such concerns have lowered Bradley's price tag significantly.
It's been said that Bradley can be acquired for next to nothing, so the Cubs can easily find an acceptable package to send to the Dodgers. The market for center fielders is limited, as only the Rangers and Cubs appear to be interested in Bradley. Should Texas swoop in to nab Pierre, Bradley will likely be the consolation prize.