The Mariners and Chicago Cubs have announced a trade that sends outfielder Milton Bradley to Seattle for right-handed pitcher Carlos Silva.
According to sources familiar with the deal, the Mariners will send a total of $9 million to the Cubs in the deal -- about $3 million in 2010 and about $6 million in 2011.
That money could allow the Cubs to obtain a center fielder and move Kosuke Fukudome back to right field. They've expressed interest in free agents including Marlon Byrd, Rick Ankiel and Scott Podsednik.
But they've also explored potential trades for a center fielder -- most prominently, Curtis Granderson, before he was traded to the New York Yankees.
Silva is owed $11.5 million for both 2010 and 2011; in 2012, he is due either a $12 million option or a $2 million buyout. Bradley is owed about $23 million on his deal.
The Mariners are already the new favorites to win the AL West after adding Cliff Lee and Chone Figgins. But if Milton Bradley behaves himself and puts up power numbers, they could go far in the playoffs.
Cubs should get good stuff out of Silva, but it won't take the sting out of losing Rich Harden.
This is very promising. Hopefully Milton can keep from hurting himself while going after the 1st base coach. I am also looking forward to seeing Lee going back to back with Felix...Should be a good season.
Chuck Norris drives an ice cream truck covered in human skulls.
Lou Merloni will most likely make the roster. One of the papers (the Herald, I think) reported during the week that he was practicing throwing to second from behind the plate, and will be the emergency third catcher, as well as a backup infielder.