Monday, May 09, 2011

Mariners Tell Milton Bradley: Game Over

If Bradley were about one foot to his left, would you believe the hidden letter was a "H", or a "Z"?

Former Dodger bottle-thrower Milton Bradley, now with the Seattle Mariners, was designated for assignment today. From the Seattle Times:

Milton Bradley's Mariners career has come to an end.

The Mariners designated Bradley for assignment on Monday, which means the team has 10 days to trade, release or outright the contract of Bradley.

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik will discuss the decision in a conference call this morning.

The Mariners recalled outfielder Carlos Peguero from Class AAA Tacoma. Peguero, 24, had been with the Mariners last month when first baseman Justin Smoak was on the bereavement list, going 2 for 11 at the plate in five games. He'll join the team Tuesday in Baltimore for the game against the Orioles.

Bradley, 33, was hitting .218 this season with two home runs and 13 RBI in 28 games.

First of all, we have Milton Bradley's exile from the Dodgers to thank for Andre Ethier. And no, we don't want do-overs on that trade, arguably Ned Colletti's finest moment as Dodgers GM.

But as much as I think there is no way someone would pick up a fiery lunatic like Bradley, I also know that athletes like Bradley also have a way of sticking around, of finding some team to grant them an additional chance. Will Bradley "prove everyone wrong" once again? I doubt it.

But I think some team will take the risk anyway.

photo: Kevin Casey/AP (5/7/11)

11 comments:

Mr. Customer said...

What's with the M's being where careers go to die? There's been a rash of them lately.

Steve Sax said...

Beltre seemed to survive

Jason said...

Well, the careers have to actually die somewhere so the Pirates can then sign them two years later.

Mr. Customer said...

It's certainly not a hard-and-fast rule, but there is a disturbingly high career mortality rate.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Beltre almost died though.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Some team will claim him, and the fans of that team will think it'll be different, he'll right his ship, etc, etc. They said that in Chicago, they said it in Seattle, and they'll say it somewhere else.

Mr. Customer said...

...and Montreal, and Cleveland, and Texas, and Oakland, and LA. He's kinda running out of unused real estate.

Dean said...

"First of all, we have Milton Bradley's exile from the Dodgers to thank for Andre Ethier. And no, we don't want do-overs on that trade, arguably Ned Colletti's finest moment as Dodgers GM."

Arguably? ARGUABLY?!?

What other move is even in the discussion? Nearly every other trade Colletti has made the Dodgers worse either short-term, long-term or both.

Jason said...

The Manny deal should at least be considered for the conversation.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Getting Barajas for nothing is arguably Colletti's best trade of the year 2010.

(cries)

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

It stuns me to read Lookout Landing and see so many people who actually liked him. I get it, it's a sinking ship and you enjoy what you can. But the guy was an asshole his entire time there and stunk up the joint with his shitty play. His only saving grace was that he absorbed the even worse contract of Carlos Silva.