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Monday, January 5, 2009

Game on: Milton Bradley to Cubs

Cubs fans, be happy.  This is a good thing.

Sure there are some huge red flags:
  • He has played 100 games only three times (2003, 2004, 2008) and 130 games only once
  • This will be his 7th organization in his 9 year career.  He has been suspended while with the Dodgers and Padres and his confrontations with Eric Wedge and Billy Beane earned him a ticket out of town.
  • His latest major injury (a torn ACL while arguing with an umpire in 2007) has severely hindered his range in the outfield rendering him incapable of playing a decent center.  Now he is in right field.
  • This is his first multi-year contract drawing speculation that he won't play hard since he finally got his money.
This is what I like:
  • Bradley led the American League in OBP & OPS last season.
  • Bradley is a switch hitter who has a career .801 OPS vs RHP--a perfect fit for a right-handed dominated team.
  • Since becoming a regular in 2003,  Bradley's line reads .295/.391/.488 and shows no signs of slowing down.
  • He is a year removed from his knee injury which should allow him to play competent defense in Wrigley's small outfield.
  • Bradley brings a fire that is unmatched by any of his Cub teammates.  No more DLee in the headlights looks in October.
I believe the pros outweigh the cons in this situation.  Yes, Bradley will inevitably be injured and he'll inevitably pick a fight with Fontenot and Theriot for having silent a silent 't' in their name, but when this happens that's why Kosuke is earning his megabucks, right?  I believe Bradley will prevent this team from sleepwalking through the NLDS and push them into the NLCS.  Good job, Jim Hendry.
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