In a long-rumored deal, the Seattle Mariners traded
their lackluster pitcher Carlos Silva for the Chicago Cubs'
temperamental outfielder Milton Bradley. Sports bloggers in the
respective cities are rushing to analyze what the deal might portend
for each ball club. Here's what's buzzing:
- Trading Bad Apples, observes Jeff Sullivan at SB Nation: "Carlos Silva is set to make $25m over the next two years, while Milton Bradley
is set to make $21m. Some money would probably change hands in this
deal, but they have very similar contracts, so for all intents and
purposes the money balances out. This is simply an exchange of what two
teams consider to be sunk costs."
- Someone Actually Wanted Carlos Silva? writes Gregg Bell of the Associated Press: "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
- Cubs See Potential in Silva, writes Paul Sullivan
at Chicago Breaking Sports News: "Right-hander Carlos Silva, whom the
Cubs acquired along with $9
million, has been monitored by the Cubs during Winter Ball in
Venezuela, in hopes that he'll be able to turn things around. Silva
will compete for a starting spot this spring, and is likely to
begin the season in the rotation, at least until Ted Lilly gets back
sometime in May. After that, it depends on how Silva fares on the
mound. He could wind up in middle relief."
- Watch Out for Bradley, He's a Hothead, notes Doug Miller at MLB.com: "Bradley had engaged in an obscenity-filled shouting
match with then-hitting coach Von Joshua when asked if he was available
to pinch-hit. Bradley also had temper-related problems with the Cleveland
Indians, for whom he played from 2001-03, and the Los Angeles Dodgers
- Could Turn Out Badly for Seattle, writes Geof Baker
at The Seattle Times: "Yes, there are numerous potential risks here,
especially the potential
disruption to the clubhouse that was not a factor here in 2009. in this
context, the decision to re-sign Ken Griffey Jr. looks a lot better
than it did yesterday. If there's one guy who can reign in Bradley's
explosive temper, it's Griffey. Don Wakamatsu and his staff won't hurt either."
- Get Ready for a Cubs Shopping Spree, writes Bruce Levin
at ESPN: "The deal will now free up some extra money for Cubs general
Hendry to add players for next season. The Cubs covet former Texas
Rangers center fielder Marlon Byrd and right-handed reliever Matt
Capps, who was recently non-tendered by Pittsburgh. Both players are
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