Milton Bradley Has Worn Out His Welcome
How many different ways can you write it? Milton Bradley, can’t, won’t or doesn’t want to fit in and get along. Over at Kap’s Corner, David Kaplan sums it up well:
Bradley has been a pain to deal with almost from the day he signed with the Cubs last January. He was a guest on the TV show that I host and on Sports Central and he spent the time on the air asking the fans of Chicago to give him a chance to start over and to have a clean slate.
Well, he was afforded that opportunity and he completely wasted it. He was difficult to get along with for his teammates, for management, and for the media. He is a paranoid person who was never going make it in Chicago because of the pressure that a player must deal with playing for the Cubs. He is far too thin skinned to handle any type of a pressure situation and now that he has been suspended it is going to be even more difficult to trade him and the remaining 21 million dollars on his contract.
I could be wrong but I think the Cubs are only on the hook for $12 million of the remainder of the deal, as the 3rd season is an option. Whatever they recoup in a trade will be a bonus. Addition by subtraction will be the biggest gain.
Jim Hendry could have signed Abreu, Dunn, or Pat Burrell. He chose Bradley and spent more money on him than any of those 3. It was inconceivable to me that he did that. I’ve always been a Hendry fan, but that move coupled with the rest of his bad offseason signings makes me want the Cubs to just back up the truck and clean it all out. Again.