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Posted December 18, 2009 - 11:40 AM

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Busy Seattle gets Bradley from Cubs for Silva

SEATTLE (AP)—Mercurial outfielder Milton Bradley(notes) was traded to the Seattle Mariners from the Chicago Cubs on Friday for expensive and underperforming pitcher Carlos Silva(notes).

Chicago has been wanting to deal Bradley since the Cubs suspended him for the final two weeks of last season, shortly after he criticized the atmosphere surrounding a team that hasn’t won a World Series since 1908.

Seattle, which has never even appeared in a World Series, didn’t expect to find a suitor for Silva. He has done little except lose and get hurt in the two seasons since he signed a $48 million, four-year contract.

Silva won five games in two years with the Mariners: $4.8 million per victory.

Second-year Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik, who inherited Silva’s contract from predecessor Bill Bavasi, has been seeking more offense following his acquisition of ace Cliff Lee(notes) in a trade with Philadelphia and the signing All-Star infielder Chone Figgins(notes).

Seattle’s GM characterized Bradley’s fire as a passion to win.

The 31-year-old Bradley was an All-Star in 2008 as a designated hitter with Texas. He led the AL in on-base percentage while batting a career high-tying .321 during a relatively event-free year. That was followed by a tumultuous season with the Cubs.

Seattle believes clubhouse leader Ken Griffey Jr.(notes) and newcomer Figgins will be able to rein in Bradley’s “passion” in a way that is productive. The Mariners repeatedly have proclaimed they want players of high character with good attitudes, citing Figgins as the latest example on Tuesday.

They also wanted another bat.


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Posted December 19, 2009 - 01:55 PM

Wow, look at them make the moves.

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Posted May 07, 2010 - 08:08 AM

Mariners place troubled Bradley on restricted list

The Seattle Mariners have placed troubled outfielder Milton Bradley on baseball's restricted list while he works out personal problems, the team said.

"He is not going to be with the team," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik told Major League Baseball's website (www.mlb.com).

"When he goes back to join the team, he will be ready to play."

Bradley, in the second year of a three-year, $30 million contract, asked for help on Wednesday, a day after he was pulled from the lineup following an angry exchange with manager Don Wakamatsu.

The confrontation occurred after Bradley, who has a history of run-ins with fans and team mates, struck out with the bases loaded.

Players on baseball's restricted list do not receive pay and may not sign with another team.

Zduriencik would not say how long Bradley might be out. The mercurial outfielder is hitting just .214 this season, well below his .276 lifetime average.

He's always had serious issues which has kept him away from focusing on the game, its been like this his whole career.
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