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Can it Be? Are the Tigers After Milton Bradley?

Two very solid baseball sources confirmed for me just moments ago that the Detroit Tigers are interested in Cubs RF Milton Bradley. They believe that Bradley would be a much better fit as a DH than as a right fielder and that he would mesh well with Tigers manager Jim Leyland.

Both sources say that the Tigers have scouted Bradley and are interested depending on how much of his contract the Cubs are willing to eat. Here is the remaining money left on Bradley's deal which depending on certain clauses has two more years left on it.
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Milton Bradley has had a very frustrating season so far in a Cubs uniform. Could he be wearing a Tigers jersey soon?


I believe that Bradley is a much better player than he has shown so far during his brief time in a Cubs uniform but I also believe that the Cubs would be better off trading him and starting over in right field. If he is moved it opens up all sorts of possibilities because then Lou Piniella could put Kosuke Fukudome back in his natural position of RF and platoon Sam Fuld and Reed Johnson in center. The Cubs could also make a run at Nationals outfielder Adam Dunn who is putting up big numbers on a last place team and is on the trading block but one scout who is here at the game today just told me that he would never want Dunn on his team because he does not think he is a winning type of player. He also told me that the Red Sox passed on signing Dunn because they were concerned how he would fit in the high pressure environment of Boston. The scout also said that defensively Dunn would be a horrific fit in right field at Wrigley.

I will be working my baseball sources for more on this rumor but if it is indeed true the Cubs need to make that deal ASAP!


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Mike D. said:

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I'm afraid watching Sam Fuld everyday against righties will eventually make us miss Bradley.

Jerry said:

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I would rather start Fox or Hoffpaur in right field. The Cubs need to make this deal asap!!!

Nick V said:

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OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! Kap! Kap! You're love interest starting in CF for the remainder of the 2009 season! Please say it's true! PLEASE!

oog of ulams said:

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That's good stuff, Mr. Kaplan. It opens up possibilities, you say. Then the first one you suggest is platooning Sam Fuld and Reed Johnson in CF? Maybe we could get Jason Marquis and put HIM in CF!

kevin said:

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Bruce Miles on northsidebaseball is calling this BS.

oog of ulams said:

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So what you're telling me is that trading a player at his absolute lowest value for nothing and for no reason mid-season is BS?

It's almost as if folks like Stone and Kaplan just want to stir the pot! Heavens forbid.

Jake said:

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Seems to me this was all cooked up so Stoney could have some new fodder to crap on Milton Bradley and the Cubs some more on his Twitter page.

Peoria Matt said:

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"Total hogwash. Two Cubs people said it's the first they've heard of it and that Jim hasn't talked with anybody about this. Let's remember Stone has a, um, a, shall we call it, a thing for the Cubs. And Kap is his buddy.

This is total fabrication."

That's Miles quote.

ChicagoMyHome.com said:

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If all the Cubs fans nationwide each pitch in $1.00 to Detroit, to help offset some of his outrageous salary, would that help expedite this trade??? Who's in? I'll even pitch in $2.00!!

just a fan said:

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This whole rumor is from the bitter Stoney. Little wonder baseball people think he's just that, bitter. He's the most over-rated sports personality ever in Chicago.

IowaCub said:

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Next to Kap...

tom said:

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Very over-rated and very bitter.His ego soared to new heights when the score hired him and touted him as the expert baseball analyst.If he is as great as the score and he himself thinks he is don't you think that someone would have hired him as a GM by now.Steve Stone is all hype and everything he says the media swallows up He's in the perfect place next to the other no it all and constant whiner about how all the calls go against the Sox.Maybe Hawk can give Stone tips on being a GM.Then it will show how arrogant the two of them are

Ed Nickow said:

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Bradley has the 97th highest OBP in baseball (.377), lower than teammates Aramis Ramirez (.386) and Sam Fuld (.455 - ok, that's with only 19 ABs).

There are 832 players listed in the MLB hitting stats table, which means Bradley isn't even in the top 10% for OBP. In school, he'd have a "B" ... good, but not great.

http://www.tinyurl.com/mgqfyl

He's number 333 in batting average (well below Rich Harden) and number 300 in slugging percentage, which means about 40% of active players are better. When I went to school, that was a failing grade - at best a "D".

I don't know about the truth of the trade rumors, or whether Steve Stone is bitter, or if David Kaplan in full of shit.

But I do know that the Cubs can do better than Milton Bradley.

Andy said:

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Ed, you've go to learn how to check a box that only includes players who qualify for the batting title.

Far be it from me to defend Milton, but he's in the top 20 in the NL in on base average.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/NL/2009-standard-batting.shtml

Just click on OBA and you'll see him right there, one spot under Kosuke.

He's 20th and 11 of the guys ahead of him were on the NL All-Star team. So if he only does one thing right, it's get on base. (And sadly, it might be the only thing he does right.)

Ed Nickow said:

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Thanks, Andy. Not being a stats maven I just used the MLB resource. I really do appreciate the link to baseball-reference.com.

Sadly, you are correct that drawing walks to get on base is the only think Bradley seems to do with some consistency.

I'm disappointed, although not surprised, that there wasn't really a deal there.

Still, I believe (and I get the feeling you agree) that the Cubs can do better than Bradley - although there probably isn't a team to which they can deal him now.

IowaCub said:

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He's got the 4th Highest OBP on the team, below only Fuld, Aramis, and Fukudome....and Fuld on has 19 ABs and Aramis has been out for nearly 2 months....the guy can get on base. How can they do better then MB...please elborate, and don't use the excuse he's a "Clubhouse Cancer", because that story has been blown up by people like Kaplan and Stone. And that batting average below Rich Harden, well look how many ABs Harden has compared to MB...big difference...and walks don't help your batting average...so that can account for his low BA as well. Has he not been what the Cubs hoped....definately, but the guy isn't even a 3rd of the way through his contract and most fan and writers, i.e. Kaplan, have given up on him way too soon.
The Chicago media has wanted to see him fail from day one...Kaplan included. They want to see him fail so they can say see we were right the whole time...they say he's a "cancer" and that he has these huge blow ups...well you know what, maybe that fire and intensity is what the Cubs need.

Ed Nickow said:

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A couple of haiku for Bradley's performance today ...

So, just for today
The Cubs cannot do better
Than Milton Bradley

Maybe the rumor
Caused Bradley to try and prove
That we should want him

(Thank you, Steve Stone)

Still not ready to close the book on Uncle Milty, but you gotta love 1-for-2, 2 walks, 2 runs, a nice foul ball catch and a simply tremendous slide at home to put the Cubs ahead. Even the K in the 7th didn't upset me.

just a fan said:

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Kap, you are going to have to stop using Stone as a source about anything Cubs. He's very disliked by everyone in the organization and his continued bitterness and hatred for Jim Hendry makes him laughable. He's the LAST one to ever get accurate info about the Cubs. No wonder no one in baseball has ever given him a job to make decisions.

bas2456 said:

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Stone didn't get this information from the Cubs. He got it from the Tigers

just a fan said:

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Apparently not according to the Tigers GM. Stone is useless, he should worry about the team paying him and not the Cubs.

Jerry said:

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I don't see how you can call Stoney overrated. He is one of the best color analysts in baseball. Stone know what will happen before it happens. I will agree that he is bitter about what happened in 2004. He needs to get over it because most of the people involved with what happened are long gone from the Cubs.

tom said:

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Another Stone follower led astray by his guessing what will happen next The majority of the times he is wrong.He's constantly guessing what will happen next and when he finally guesses correctly everyone is amazed at the great Stoney.Maybe David Copperfield could use him as his assistant in the off season and then Poof! HE GONE

SoutSideCubsFan said:

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Steve Stone? Is he still in Chicago? Oh yeah, he's the Sox announcer. I forgot because no one in Chicago or the Nation cares about the White Sox.

Reckless journalism Kap. You're my favorite Sports talk host in this town but this is just bad.

TTH said:

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Dumping Bradley to make room for Sum Fuld would be disaster. Yep, 22 decent ab's, somehow overshaddow's 5 years of mediocrity in the minors.

Bradley does, get on base well. His average is almost as low Kap's "sources" percentage of correctness (j/k, nothing is THAT low), but batting average is one of the most overrated stats in the game.

And nice to see Stone still playing the jilted girlfriend role. He does it well. It's probably one of the reasons he has never landed a front office job, even though he lobbied for every one for the last 20 years.

Rizzo said:

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This was some crack reporting, Kap.

jzydlo said:

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Kap,

Love your work, but PLEASE STOP THIS LOVE AFFAIR with Sam Fuld. I am stuck in St. Louis, MO. (I call it purgatory) and I can give you two words for Sam Fuld - Bo Hart. He is small and gave a spark briefly. However, there is a reason he is a career minor leaguer.....let's remember, injury or not, he could not beat out Felix Pie. Also, with scouting reports they would figure out Fuld's weaknesses pretty quickly.

While dealing Bradley would be ideal to just about everyone, it will not be happening so leave it be (sorry Stoney, love you too, but stop making up rumors). Plus, even if the Cubs did trade him you are telling me we are going to eat a bunch of his salary???? We can't even complete the sale of the team. No way it happens. They would not eat money for a guy with another team (if traded). We have to play with what we have, and if guys play to their abilities we have a shot. the pressure is squarely on the Cardinals shoulders now. They should win this, but anything can happen. If they don't let's see if they can keep both DeRosa and Holliday - my guess is no.

Again, keep up the good work Kap. Just leave Sam Fuld be, unless an injury crops up. Then just work him in.

JZ

CubbieBlueJean said:

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Will be glad to send Hendry's Folly (a.k.a. Milton Bradley) Mapquest directions to Detroit - he's never become a Cub and he never will - not doing what he was brought here to do (yes, we know he can draw walks but let's talk RBIs), a clubhouse princess and not the sharpest knife in the drawer - the Rangers were glad to see him go, and hopefully he's headed east - Fuki in right, platooning in center - sounds like part of last season's success formula - Kap, please tell us you didn't get this from Stone -he couldn't even carry your tie (the blue striped one - very nice and Cubbie Blue)...

mo said:

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Fuld bats lefty .. Why say you cant see watching Fuld bat against a righty..
His average this winter league was over 320 and OBP over 450.. Ear5ly in the year when playing for SORRY he batted 400 and OBP over 450 .. He sits all the time NO matter what he does . LOU cant see talent.. FULD is an energy GUY .. Evereytime I see him bat , the count goes 3-2 , He has a good eye , BUT LOU only
plays him againt tough lefties ... YOU FIGURE.. He should do much better against a righty.. Hes fast. he walks, he can hit , and is the best defensive outfielder .. So DONT say you cant see FULD stasrting or playing alot against righties.. Hes NOT a VET so LOU dont play him.. If they put him on waivers a dozen teams would grab him in a minute. PLAY FULD lou , you LOOSER

mo said:

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To you 2nd guesser that dont know baseball.. Fukd is a typical CF . I bet if he played 75% of the time he would bat over 280 nad maybe more . HIs OBP will always be over 400.. What do you want from maybe one of the best defensive outfielders and Hustle guys around.. To say he couldnt beat out PIE . That because the CUBs management DONTR know talent.. EX> Soriano,Bradly, PIE, Patterson. Do I need to say more. KAPS right on 100% .. Fuld if given the chance can do very GOOD. BUT LOU dont know talent or how to make a lineup or HOW to bunt with 1 out or less in a 1 run game late..

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