Milton Bradley DFA Reaction

The Mariners designated Milton Bradley for assignment today, putting the future of the 33-year-old former All-Star in doubt. He's talented, but he's not hitting, as his .218/.313/.356 line shows. And though he says the right things at times, he causes trouble, as you might expect for a player who has been with eight organizations this decade. Here's the latest reaction to the move:

  • "We felt Milton was not part of our future and not part of our present. Therefore, the move was made," GM Jack Zduriencik explained, according to's Greg Johns.
  • Yahoo's Tim Brown suggests Bradley might finally get peace and quiet – but lose the opportunity to play Major League baseball.
  • Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times points out that for all of Bradley's shortcomings and frustrating behavior, he's human.
  • Let's hear your reaction to the move in the comments section.

71 Responses to Milton Bradley DFA Reaction Leave a Reply

  1. Milton Bradley is the closest we’ll have to Kenny Powers.

  2. TVReviewsion 4 years ago

    Well there was supposed to be a broken heart symbol after that. You get the picture.

  3. jwsox 4 years ago

    why creat another post there are already 94+ comments on the

    milton bradley dfa’d post

  4. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    “Let’s hear your reaction to the move in the comments section.”

    Milton Bradley won’t be able to here our reaction. He is wearing ear plugs.

  5. FowlofCanada 4 years ago

    Milton Bradley’s Shenanigans have finally booted him off of the Battleship Mariners. It doesn’t a detective from Scotland Yard to see his decline with age and Headaches would lead to his KerPlunk. It’s going to be no trip through Candy Land to get back with another MLB tetam for Easy Money. No team will gobble him up like Hungry Hungry Hippos. Unless he can learn from his old ways, then it’s Guess Who? Same old Milton. That unfortunately is the Game of Life.

    • JacksTigers 4 years ago

      Was there some sort contest to see who can name the most board games in a comment that I was not told about?

      • FowlofCanada 4 years ago


      • jwsox 4 years ago

        in the game of LIFE milton lost his MONOPOLY. the Mariners took a huge RISK in giving him his last chance. I bet he has no CLUE that everyone who was at last nights game was going to be able to walk out and say “Have we SCENE IT? whas that his last game?” If he only would have gotten out of his CRANIUM he might have had a chance to last. But his PURSUIT was TRIVIAL to make a come back.

        I would have to say that was pretty good

    • Roll Fizzlebeef 4 years ago

      You see, for most people, this joke would be a bit of a Mouse Trap. However, you were able to take on the HeroQuest of tackling the most complex board game joke and you handled the Operation like a pro! That being said, I’m sure Milton will start to get Ants in the Pants over getting back to the bigs. One thing is for sure though, nobody has a Clue who will pick him up. Sure will be one hell of a Mystery Date for ol’ Milt! We’re just going to have to wait for all the dots to Connect 4, won’t we?

  6. safari_punch 4 years ago

    How can you go from being the team’s number three hitter yesterday to being cut? He must have did something on Sunday after the game or Monday morning.

    • John McFadin 4 years ago

      Or it probably has to do with the way Eric Wedge sets his lineup, which I’ve always thought is a little odd.

    • stevemotivateir 4 years ago

      Bradley hitting 3rd meant very little. Though he had a good home-stand offensively, he was still just hitting around .215. The Mariners made this move because they had no choice. The issues with the umpires and horrendous defense, proved he wasn’t an asset to the team. In fact, he was just the opposite. The mariners were dragging a dead horse.

  7. woodmember 4 years ago

    Well, my team traded Andre Ethier for him, so you know how I feel about the guy.

    • That was probably the worst trade in Billy Beanes career.

      • Snoochies8 4 years ago

        the hudson trade in my opinion was a lot worse, at least milton helped us get to an ALCS

        • Area510 4 years ago

          Ding Ding Ding – one of the saddest returns for our beloved Huddy. Even at the time, it didn’t make sense to me.

    • northsfbay 4 years ago

      The Holliday for Cargo and Street would get my vote for Beanes worst trade. Ethier #2. The A’s weren’t going to resign Hudson.

      • tiduss 4 years ago

        Cargo and Ethier could of been on the same team. What a shame Billy. What a shame.

    • Area510 4 years ago

      You’re telling me making the playoffs, sweeping the Twins, and having our best shot at the World Series wasn’t worth it? We sucked for all the years Ethier was good, and would be on the hook to pay him next year or lose him now that we don’t.

    • tiduss 4 years ago

      Don’t even remind me..

  8. ^well, he was the Mariner’s #3 hitter. This is the team that bats Miguel Olivo cleanup.

  9. Cards_Fan_93 4 years ago

    the mariners shouldnt have ever traded for him he didnt help them at all and now they have to eat 9 mill lol

    • safari_punch 4 years ago

      It was a swap of bad contracts. The Mariners signed Carlos Silva, it didn’t work out and they shipped him to the Cubs.

      Either way they were eating something. Now they are simply bending over.

      • jb226 4 years ago

        The irony is the Mariners must have thought they were getting the better end of the trade. If it was just a bad contract swap, they would have evened out the money and passed him along. Even with the Cubs releasing Silva and buying out the option next year, they actually came out ahead based on how much money the Mariners sent.

      • “Either way they were eating something. Now they are simply bending over.”

        Sounds like something I’d pay good money for.

    • Bryce Murphy 4 years ago

      I’d still take Bradley over Silva.

  10. damnitsderek 4 years ago

    Love Milton Bradley. I really hoped he would be able to get it together and produce in Seattle because the guy plays with a fire and emotion that is difficult to match. Best wishes to him, and hopefully he can find his way back to the Majors sometime.

  11. HerbertAnchovy 4 years ago

    I’m just suprised it actually took this long. His head just isn’t in the game.

    • safari_punch 4 years ago

      It’s weird how no one is hitting on that team but Smoak and Ichiro. Those guys can’t be THAT bad, can they?

      If Milton lands somewhere, I don’t think its inconceivable that he starts hitting…Needs a more neutral park.

      I wonder what the short list is for teams he could play for?

      Rays? Pirates?

      • jb226 4 years ago

        He didn’t hit in Chicago either, with a park generally favorable to hitters.

        • crackman5000 4 years ago

          come to boston milton! We love disgruntled sluggers. Carl everett, Mo vaughn, Manny… even jose canseco

      • Thizzie 4 years ago

        San Diego Padres could use him. He had a good year under Buddy Black in ’07

        • you must be misremembering how it ended, how he got hurt yellin and arguing, dont need that again, no one does; head case, good ridance…

          • Thizzie 4 years ago

            I remember exactly what happened. The umpire was trash talking Milton under his breathe and Milton heard him, I read Todd Helton’s comments after the game and he would not throw the ump under the bus but he did mention the ump was out of line and taunted Milton…Buddy Black tried to keep Milton away from the ump and in doing so he pushed him to the ground and blew out his ACL. The Rox then continued their 21 wins out of 22 games and the Padres lost their Wild Card lead, then lost to the Rox in the play in game #163 in ’07…
            The Padres offense is terrible, he would be a good extra outfielder and get Ludwick on the bench a little more often (the dude just can’t hit a curveball).

          • Area510 4 years ago

            Furthermore, MLB reviewed the tape of the incident, confirmed that the Ump did use a racial slur directed at Milton, suspended the Ump and did not suspend Milton for the altercation. For him to not be suspended is overwhelming evidence that he had just cause to defend himself.

      • MSUCorner 4 years ago

        It wasn’t the park. He couldn’t catch up to fastballs. And the fact that umps were calling everything a strike against him made him unable to do anything but strikeout.

  12. rovert22044 4 years ago

    Should have got rid of him last year. Guy is terrible.

  13. I enjoyed Miltons time with the Dodgers. It’s too bad that he was never able to deal with the spot light of being a major league player. The Dodgers got one of his best years, and they sure got one heck of an outfielder for him.. I wish MB the best, and hope it’s not the end of his career.

  14. You're Killing Me Smalls 4 years ago

    My reaction….? Yawn.

  15. Jeremy Johnson 4 years ago

    Come on Mets sign or trade for this guy I know you want him on your team.

  16. Can he catch?

    -Theo Epstein

  17. optionn 4 years ago

    Can’t really feel sorry for this mental case- he has banked about 50 million hasn’t he?

    If he could just exercise his demons and play a game he might come back.

    This move is totally expected and just another example of Jack Z. hoping and praying instead of actually making impact moves.

  18. Jays4life 4 years ago

    if he was half decent mentally he has the ability to be a very good player, he just cant get his head straight….

  19. stevemotivateir 4 years ago

    Really seems like he knew he was about to be released, as his lack of defense over the weekend showed no interest or confidence. Real question now, is what will the Mariners do for a long term solution? Saunders hasn’t proved he can swing the bat, Wilson and Peguero seem to be short term solutions to fill the gaps. Funny thing is, they have made the effort to convert Ackley to be a 2nd baseman, and it’s left field where they could really use him now. If he can figure out how to hit lefties, I wonder if they will consider putting him back at his old position?

    • Area510 4 years ago

      You guys really want to keep Chone at 3B though, his career UZR at 3B is over 9.0, but its below average, IIRC, at 2B. Ackley could be a nice fit at 2B, you can always get a bat to stick in LF. Maybe you can trade Milton to BOS for Darnell MacDonald or something. You’d still have to eat that contract, BOS

      • Area510 4 years ago

        whoops, BOS isn’t going to pay luxury tax on Milton’s contract. Reply fail.

        • You're Killing Me Smalls 4 years ago

          Nor would they give up Darnell McDonald for him…

  20. *Jays_44* 4 years ago

    Bradley for Rivera/E5 anyone?

  21. It’s never an easy ending to a career.

    Brown’s article though was one of the most petty nyah-nyah revenge screeds I’ve ever read on a non-blog website.

  22. coolstorybro222 4 years ago

    Like a bad divorce, neither the cubs or the m’s came out with anything good.

  23. studio179 4 years ago

    I have no board game references. A move that needed to be made, plain and simple.

  24. valkscool 4 years ago

    I was a little surprised to see the Mariners get rid of him considering his salary, but then again , he wasn’t hitting and this is the year of getting rid of players with bad contracts, so I like the move.

    • Area510 4 years ago

      And they would have been paying the salary either way, if not his, Carlos Silva’s, so it was indeed a good move – the Mariners are better than I thought they’d be this year, as much as I hate to admit it. It’s fun to see the young guys come up.

  25. uncolaman 4 years ago

    No surprise here Seattle got what they knew was there. Here’s hopeing that no other team falls for him. No wait, he would look good in evilempire’s pinstripes or red sox.

  26. i’m pretty sure he hasn’t played for 8 teams in the last year and a half…

  27. TVReviewsion 4 years ago

    There was supposed to be a broken heart symbol. Shame.

  28. JacksTigers 4 years ago


  29. Area510 4 years ago

    I’m a Milton fan, but its nice to read criticism that’s very fair and balanced. I’ve seen a lot of ugly, hate-filled comments about a guy who is far from being the worst human being in the game.

  30. A telling sentence in your well-thought-out comment:

    “The $10 million or so left on his contract seemed a small price to pay to
    make him disappear and get rid of a distraction that the M’s did not
    need in any way, shape or form.”

    How sad this is for everyone – the M’s, the fans, and baseball in general.

    Everyone except Milton Bradley, who gets $10MM.

    For not doing his job, and not caring if he does or not..

  31. Pawsdeep 4 years ago

    I agree. He’s not even the worst person on the mariners…he’s got his issues but it’s not like he raped someone(Josh lueke)

    I used to cringe at the hate and scorn directed at dontrelle willis. He is an awesome individual who has his issues but people talked about him like he was sub-human.

  32. MSUCorner 4 years ago

    Josh Lueke raped some one?! But I agree with you, Milton is far from the worst player in baseball. He never got drunk and roughed up his wife. Or got drunk and threatened to kill some people before driving off like a maniac, then chugging some scotch in front of the police and finally wrapping it up with a little resisting arrest.

  33. Area510 4 years ago

    Who could hate Dontrelle? He was the poster-child for nice guys. Milton has expressed a LOT of rage, so I can at least understand people not giving him the benefit of the doubt. I like him for his passion on the field, and his surprisingly heart-felt, soft-spoken words I’ve read between the quotation-marks. I think if you asked Milton what he and Dontrelle have in common, he’d likely throw the race-card, but I think its more that they both admitted to weakness (in the form of emotional problems) and people tend to prey on weakness. Not the most endearing human characteristic either.

  34. Area510 4 years ago

    Happens all the time – I don’t think its a sad day for baseball. Milton OPS’d over 1.000 in 2008 (should have won the MVP), got a 3yr/30 mil deal from the Cubs, and melted under the pressure (because he cared too much, IMO). DFA’ing a player in the last year of a bad contract to move on to your younger players is quite common, and it was a good move for the Mariners.

  35. I think that guaranteed contracts are a horrible thing for baseball – in general.

    I don’t disagree that it was a good move by the M’s to rid themselves of Bradley.

    I *do* disagree with your assertion that Bradley “cared too much,” if you’re saying he cared too much about baseball. He’s far more interested in Milton Bradley than any other subject.

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