Milton Bradley might soon be someone else's center fielder -- and problem. The Cleveland Indians have apparently had enough of his antics. The club is trying to trade Bradley, who was barred from Cleveland's training camp Thursday, one day after he was pulled from an exhibition game by manager Eric Wedge for not running out a pop fly that fell for a hit. Indians general manager Mark Shapiro has discussed a trade involving Bradley with as many as eight teams, and "four or five are legitimate and serious." Bradley was expected to start in the Indians' outfield and bat cleanup this season. But the 25-year-old outfielder, who has a troubled history on and off the field, will play elsewhere once the Indians can strike a deal. "It's unfortunate where we are right now, but we have to do what's best for the ballclub," Wedge said. Although the season opener is Monday, Shapiro said there is no timetable to make a trade. The Indians are at a disadvantage because teams know they want to make a deal, but having so many involved actually helps Cleveland, he said. On Wednesday, Bradley was removed from a game against Houston in the third inning for not running hard on a second-inning popup that dropped for a single. Bradley was told quietly by Wedge that he needed to be on second base. Bradley responded, and while it was not a shouting match, the disrespect he showed for his manager in front of his teammates forced management's hand. Bradley showered and dressed quickly after being pulled and took a 45-minute cab ride from Kissimmee to his rented spring training home. He came to Chain of Lakes Park on Thursday to retrieve his SUV and drove out of the Indians' training complex at 9:30 a.m. Bradley's agent, Seth Levinson, said his client left camp with the "understanding and agreement of the front office" so the sides could weigh their options. Bradley was pulled from a game last season for not running out a ball and having a verbal confrontation with Wedge in the dugout. Shapiro would not characterize the most recent exchange between Bradley and Wedge. However, the GM said the club expects its players to display "passion, professionalism and respect." "There is a line that they can't cross," Shapiro said. "You have to make sure that line is meaningful." In addition to going on the disabled list four times in the past two seasons, Bradley has had other problems. Last year, he had run-ins with Los Angeles catcher Paul Lo Duca and Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi. Bradley also threw his helmet and bat in the direction of plate umpire Bruce Froemming. Bradley had baseball cards of Lo Duca and Giambi above his locker this spring. In February, Bradley was sentenced to three days in jail for driving away from police after being stopped for speeding. However, until his misstep for not hustling, Bradley had seemingly turned the corner on his troubled past. He spent the winter in Cleveland working out and arrived in camp in great shape, promising to have a better attitude. The Indians seemed relieved by his turnaround, which is why both Wedge and Shapiro seemed so upset. Bradley signed a $1.73 million, one-year contract in November with the Indians, who were counting on him to be a productive everyday player. He was having a solid 2003 season before hurting his back and missing the final six weeks.
I don't think the Yankees need him at this point. Once Lee and Bernie return, that will be 4 guys for 3 spots (DH, 1st and CF). Torre won't trust Giambi to play first in games against good teams because he is a disaster waiting to happen and Lee is a good fielder. That leaves Lofton or Bernie on the bench, which means that leaves Lofton on the bench. Unless Bradley plays 2nd base, I can't see him fitting in.
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"I don't know what a glory hole is in this context, but it makes me laugh." (PalpatineW)
Well, they will have a huge hole there... Even though he's talented, he's just such a whackjob I'd LOVE to see him there (speaking as a Bosox fan). Then again, who knows. Read the article on his past last season, and I'd probably be that way too. Wasn't he a crack baby or something? Something about drugs in his family... or maybe AIDS. (Or maybe I'm confusing his story with Pokey Reese's.)
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My thoughts would be, Matsui in left will be okay, and sheffield in Right is okay. Lofton could stary in 90% of the leagues center field positions. Bernie comes back, but lets be honest, his knees are shot. Let him DH, let Lofton and Bradley play center, depending on who is pitching (righty or lefty) and save Giambi, who I think is not living up to the hype, from having to DH on his off days. Bernie and Giambi as your DHs? A team could do worse!
I think he will go to LA (lots of prospects for the taking there) and LA desperately needs offense
Drjay, he actually to my knowledge was a crack baby, and I think he never met his dad and his mother was a drunk or something (I know he was also abused in there somewhere also) he had a great article in SI about him about 9 months ago....he sounds like a guy who just needs a "father figure", someone who is willing to stick with him when he screws up...from reading that article, it is almost like he feels that no one cares about him and I think that is the missing link (he needs a laidback manager, I still think Arizona would be the perfect place for him as Brenly is known for his laidbackness and I think Dusty Baker would be good too as he is a people person).....I read an article recently where he did the most charity work of all of the Indians players by far this year (he actually moved there to do this) so it sounds like there is a good person in there, someone just needs to be willing to help him out and help him through the tough spots
"I'm not that big, but I'm fast, I'm pretty sure I can outrun the whole Dallas Cowboys team." --high school senior RB (and possible future Boomer Sooner) Adrian Peterson on his thoughts on his chances in the NFL
Am I the only person who hope this kid signs into the NFL and Roy Williams and Parcells get to let that comment stew for the next 7 months?
I, for one, wish the Indians would keep him. When Albert Belle didn't run out a ground ball, in a regular season game no less, they sent him to the minors for a few games. Bradley has some really good talent in him. His power numbers should blossom to around 25 or so homers this year or next, and he can hit .310 or so. I say make Bradley and Wedge get along, let him put up some nice numbers until the trade deadline, and deal him then. He will be worth more, and teams give up more hoping for that little push at the end.
I wouldn't be worried about the 8 years, how many players actually stay in one place for their entire contract these days? If the Cubs don't want him in three years someone else will take him off their hands.