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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. 

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As a Cub fan, I know I'm in the vast minority on this one. But I would prefer Bradley over Pierre. He's a much better player, he's easier to trade for, and he's cheaper so they can spend what it takes to get Furcal and another outfielder. If Dusty can finally earn his money and prevent Bradley from erupting, then this would be worth a flier.

I have no faith that Dusty Baker will be able to prevent Bradley from erupting. As far as I can tell, Baker has never done anything to rein in clubhouse problems (see: Sosa, Mercker).

I'm starting to think you wont see a Pierre deal until after Damon is signed. Once he is signed, this leaves the Marlins with the best other option. Meaning they can prob get more for him at that time. Damon could go unsigned well into December and there is really no rush for the Marlins to deal Pierre considering they already got rid of Lowell and Delgado's contracts.

You're right of course Gavin. But supposedly that's what Baker was hired to do--handle people. Maybe the Cubs should trade Dusty Baker for Milton Bradley!

Wake Up Cashman!!!
The Yanks need a true center fielder Like Bradley (NOT GILES) & a leadoff hitter like Pierre in order to place Jeter back in the 2 spot!!!
If those Northside Losers in Chicago get Pierre, it would be a travesty!!!

Gov - agree completely. Bradley is the best option and he comes cheapest. Who cares if he erupts? If he plays well, all will be forgiven.

Brian - true, but there was no rush to deal Delgado either. The slugger market is weak but the Marlins didn't hold off.

It's odd that the Yanks won't pursue Bradley. I guess Sheffield is a handful by himself.

"Who cares if he erupts? If he plays well, all will be forgiven."

Can you say T.O.?

"Who cares if he erupts? If he plays well, all will be forgiven."

T.O.

I hate it when organizations get so cocky that they believe that they can take anyone on and be able to do what other teams can't.

Sure we all know that Jeff Kent is a jerk, but doesn't anyone else remember that this is the same guy that got thrown off of the Indians?

They could have traded him, but decided it to be best just to cut him. I think that speaks volumes.

I don't want this class A arse anywhere near my team. Only Paul Depodesta (possibly the worst g.m. I have ever seen) thought Bradley wouldn't be a problem last year.

I don't think the Dodgers were ever hurt by attitude problems. I think that's all media hoopla. They were hurt by injuries, and Kent and Bradley would've been no big deal if the team was winning.

I can't think of too many mistakes made by DePo; he was run out of town.

I think DePo made one big mistake, but many more good moves. The big mistake was committing long term to J.D. Drew, who is very talented but has chronic injuries. The Dodgers will now suffer from completely changing direction.

I thought Drew would come up, and he's probably the one move I would consider a mistake as well. Although we'll see the end result of the deal - Drew is an incredible hitter when healthy. You're probably right though, he may have to retire after the contract ends.

Bradley would be the opposite of what we need. I thought Hendry was trying to make this team better both on and off the field?

i agree with steve we need a speedy leed off hitter, not a wanna be sammy sosa

I guess we will disagree on Depodesta.

1. J.D. Drew contract

2. Jeff Kent and Milton Bradley on the same team.

3. Breaking up a division winning team. They could have easily been in the playoffs this year. They may have done very well if Depodesta had actually improved the team instead of tearing it apart. They went all the way down to 91 losses. UNREAL!

4. Jose Valentin as a replacement for Beltre.

5. Having Jason Phillips as your catcher.

6. Wilson Alvarez's 2-year contract.

7. Derek Lowe's 4 year contract.

8. Odalis Perez's 3 year contract.

I mean really, did he upgrade anything?

5.

It's possible still, that the Cubs can get both Pierre and Bradley.

The Cubs could use Pierre in Center, and put Bradley in Right.Bradley has played some Rightfied with the Dodgers.

Injury prone Bradley coming off a serious injury, number of games played in his career: 42, 77, 98, 101, 141, 75. Juan Pierre:51, 156, 152, 162, 162, 162.

The Cubs already have enough guys who visit the diabled list too often, we need a lineup with stability. When comparing stats, compare half Bradley/half Triple A player v. One full season of Pierre.

Interesting point about Bradley in right field. I hadn't noticed that.

I probably did underestimate Bradley's injury history; he's anything but a sure thing for 140 games.

But Pierre's stability is also mediocrity or worse. I'd rather gamble on someone with upside.

The Cubs have all the gamble they can handle in the starting rotation.

Yeah, maybe Bradley could mentor Patterson...

Hate, you're forgetting that the Eagles won the NFC with TO. And MB isn't nearly as bad.

SS Furcal
CF Pierre
1B Lee
3B Ramirez
RF Bradley
LF Murton
C Barrett
2B Cedeno

That team wins the central. Bradley has a huge upside. He's got great bat control, good speed, and a good glove. And hell, the Cubs could use some fire in the clubhouse. I'd do Walker for Bradley in a heartbeat.

I believe that you all will see a Cubs trade tomorrow or Tuesday. The Cubs right now have 40 men on their 40-man roster. Bob Howry will be taking his physical tomorrow. In order for them to add Howry they will have to move someone else.

Don't forget that Greenberg will need to be released ot traded tomorrow. I blieve he will be traded.

I'm on the same page as chifan - throw a fiery guy like Bradley into the mix, see what happens.

I don't think Hendry allows the rotation to be a gamble again. The only real question mark is Wood's health, and the Cubs will assume the worst with it.

Good point, Bob. Greenberg could still be a release candidate; after all, they did leave Brandon Sing unprotected. Then again, he would make a solid 4th outfielder on a lot of teams.

http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/G/adam-greenberg.shtml

If I were a betting man, I'd say the Pierre trade is announced Monday.

"Hate, you're forgetting that the Eagles won the NFC with TO."

Actually ChiFan, they won every single playoff game except the one T.O. played in. I'm not saying anything ridiculous like they would have won if he wasn't there. I am saying that we shouldn't be looking at MB as the missing piece because no one player is.

Milton Bradley could turn his career around in Chicago. Remember last year nobody really wanted AJ Pierzynski,cuz he was clubhouse cancer.

Well look at what happen, this year he became a clubhouse favorite with the Sox. The Sox had Carl Everett and AJ Pierzynski, two guys who are supose to be cancers. So if they can win the World Series with those guys, that shows me that Bradley would be with a try.

Also he is probably one of the best opitions, for Rightfield this offseason.

Otherwise the Cubs would have to give up alot to get Huff,or spend to much money on someone like Jacque Jones. SO i say get Bradley for Right,or just resign Burnitz.

Hell if you are going to go after Bradley....just bite the bullet and have Sammy come back.

RE:HateTheDisastros

1. J.D. Drew contract.
Well, sure ok (even though he was extremely productive while healthy. By the way, he missed time because of getting hit by a pitch, not because of his "injury prone knees")

2. Jeff Kent and Milton Bradley on the same team. You are blaming DePo for this? Seriously?

3. Breaking up a division winning team. They could have easily been in the playoffs this year. They may have done very well if Depodesta had actually improved the team instead of tearing it apart. They went all the way down to 91 losses. UNREAL!

DePo didn't tear it apart. He just let Mr.700 OPS at 16 million go. Who else? 7 ERA Jose Lima? Oh, it must be that he traded LoDuca, Mota (arm problems due to overuse by Tracy) and Juan Encaranacion (not productive) for Choi (never got a chance to play thanks to Tracy), Brad Penny (productive while healthy) and prospect Bill Murphy (who they spun for Steve Finley). This problem of unlucky injuries is getting common isn't it?

4. Jose Valentin as a replacement for Beltre.

Well yes, he was sort of feeble. But he was coming off a year which he hit 30 home runs, so it wasn't that bad (oh and he got injured) It's not like he payed a lot for him.

5. Having Jason Phillips as your catcher. Yes, this is a mistake. You found one. Great.

6. Wilson Alvarez's 2-year contract. You're going to criticize him on something as inconsequential as this? ALvarez didn't make money, and he was good in 03 and decent in 04...

7. Derek Lowe's 4 year contract.

Why do people think he's a dissapointment? He had a 3.71 ERA at 9 millino a year, better than market value (see: Kris Benson 8.5 mil per year for a 4+ ERA)

8. Odalis Perez's 3 year contract.

Boo hoo. He made 3 million last year, while having a 4.56 ERA in an injury marred year. He was just coming off a 3.25 ERA 26 year old season. He'll make 7 million this year. You can't say this is a mistake....

I have to side with James on these points (and I'm not a Dodger fan or anything). A few additions:

1. True, but those knees are a chronic problem and he'll probably never be good for more than 130 games/season from here on out. Still could be worth it with his production.

2. If Bradley stays healthy and rakes a full year like he did in half a year, does anyone care about this stuff? You'd have two great offensive seasons, who cares if two guys don't like each other.

3. If he kept that team exactly the same, they would have been awful.

4. Signing Beltre would've been far worse than letting him go and grabbing Valentin.

7. I also like the Lowe deal. Extremely durable, an ERA under 4 - yeah, that's what $9MM buys you these days. He performed as expected.

Am I the only one wondering why we'd give Pierre a truckload of money when our top everyday prospect -- Felix Pie -- plays the same position? Seems to me like we should spend the money elsewhere, like maybe on an RF with some power, and let Pie take the job and develop in it.

I agree, I'd rather see Pie out there than Pierre. The Cubs need an impact bat like Giles, Abreu, or Dunn.

"Well, sure ok (even though he was extremely productive while healthy. By the way, he missed time because of getting hit by a pitch, not because of his "injury prone knees")"

Easy question. How many full seasons has Drew played?

Now ask yourself another question. Why in the F*$% would anyone give him a huge dollar contract for 5 years?


"Jeff Kent and Milton Bradley on the same team. You are blaming DePo for this? Seriously?"

I'm sorry, did someone else sign these two to play on the same team?

"This problem of unlucky injuries is getting common isn't it?"

What? That team used to have talent. Now they have racists that can't sty on the field or field the ball.

BRILLIANT!

Why didn't the Dodgers just hire me? I could have gone from division winner to 91 losses. If I tried REAL HARD. Look at the record disparity. Case closed.

"Wilson Alvarez's 2-year contract. You're going to criticize him on something as inconsequential as this? ALvarez didn't make money, and he was good in 03 and decent in 04..."

Another great multi-yaer signing of a guy that doesn't belong in a major league rotation.

If you're counting on this guy for 2 years at 35 years old, you suck.

Oh, and those "good and decent" years....I love how he combined for 27 STARTS in those 2 years. Hell, when you combine the 2 seasons, he broke 200 IP. GREAT!

"Why do people think he's a dissapointment? He had a 3.71 ERA at 9 millino a year, better than market value (see: Kris Benson 8.5 mil per year for a 4+ ERA)"

Nice. 32 year old SP with a 4 year contract with more escalating payroll figures.

And the Mets' mistake makes this a good signing somehow? Love how you have to try to justify that one.


"Boo hoo. He made 3 million last year, while having a 4.56 ERA in an injury marred year. He was just coming off a 3.25 ERA 26 year old season. He'll make 7 million this year. You can't say this is a mistake....
"

Sure I can say this is a mistake. The Dodgers now have a BAD PITCHER 2 more years. Congrats Depo. Oh yeah, he has an escalating contract doesn't he?

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