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M’s trade Silva to Cubs for Bradley

Post by Paul Miller on Dec. 18, 2009 at 11:12 am with 27 Comments »
December 18, 2009 12:36 pm

What a week. Ryan and Larry are both out of pocket today. Ryan’s called from Tennessee, where his Griz go for the brass ring today, feeling very bad about not covering this. John McGrath is on it for us. For now, here is Gregg Bell’s AP story on the Carlos Silva-for-Milton Bradley trade:

Mercurial outfielder Milton Bradley was traded to the Seattle Mariners from the Chicago Cubs on Friday for expensive and underperforming pitcher Carlos Silva.

Chicago has been wanting to deal Bradley since the Cubs suspended him for the final two weeks of last season, shortly after he criticized the atmosphere surrounding a team that hasn’t won a World Series since 1908.

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 victory.

Second-year Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik, who inherited Silva’s contract from predecessor Bill Bavasi, has been seeking more offense following his acquisition of ace Cliff Lee in a trade with Philadelphia and the signing All-Star infielder Chone Figgins.

Seattle’s GM characterized Bradley’s fire as a passion to win.

The 31-year-old Bradley was an All-Star in 2008 as a designated hitter with Texas. He led the AL in on-base percentage while batting a career high-tying .321 during a relatively event-free year. That was followed by a tumultuous season with the Cubs.

Seattle believes clubhouse leader Ken Griffey Jr. and newcomer Figgins will be able to rein in Bradley’s “passion” in a way that is productive. The Mariners repeatedly have proclaimed they want players of high character with good attitudes, citing Figgins as the latest example on Tuesday.

They also wanted another bat.

“We have been looking to add offense to our club and in Milton have a player who has always gotten on base and has the ability to drive in runs,” Zduriencik said in a statement. “He is passionate about winning, as we are, and we believe he’ll be a good fit here.”

The 30-year-old Silva appeared in eight games for Seattle this year while missing most of the season with a bad pitching shoulder. He was a 1-3 with an 8.60 ERA.

Silva was 5-18 with a 6.81 ERA in two seasons with Seattle after leaving Minnesota.

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  1. wabubba67 says:

    Unbelievable what Z is doing right now…!

    At least with Bradley there is the chance for production…with Silva it’s just all bad news. Hopefully, a good clubhouse with veteran leadership can handle one knucklehead on the roster (think Moss with NE).

    This is a no-risk move in order to attempt to get some of the money spent on Silva. It will also be a lot of fun to see Silva get shelled at Wrigley. :-)

  2. coryfale says:

    Griffey will get a chance to earn his money this year with Bradley on the Roster. However, if they can get Bradley in step this is a HUGE acquisition.

  3. Carlos dont let the door hit you in the @ss
    GOOD RIDDANCE YOU CULL!!! Go suck up the Chubs payroll

    With that
    WELCOME Mr Bradley, we Expect you to be a productive member of the Mariners.
    We probably got the better end of this deal.
    Thinking it would be tough not to considering Silva was a Joke

  4. I have an old AMC Pacer up on blocks that I would like give to Jack Z to trade for a Porsche.

  5. One thing that’s very interesting here, is that they potentially filled a need (left field & bat with power) without impacting payroll at all.

    Can’t wait to see what Z has up his sleeve next, he’s still got $15 mil or so to play with!

  6. Milton Bradley is a moron but I like this moves for the Mariners in getting rid of a worthless pile of junk starting pitcher. If they could turn around and trade Bradley, that would even be better.

    If he sticks around, Ryan, you’re really going to “enjoy” interviewing this clown. Maybe you should wear a Seahawks helmet for games in which he goes 0-4.

    Either way, I do think it’s a good move for the M’s.

  7. No risk here…. Not like Silva would provide anything for us…
    How about Bradley = Comeback player of the year…
    acceptance speech he gives accolades to KGjr & Wak… !!!!! LOL!!!

  8. BobbyK…. I’m told a lot of his prior anger is displayed because of others not showing much passion for winning… have some ‘other’ knowledge you’d care to share???

  9. longco44 says:

    There are those who play the game for winning, then there are those who play the game for the money and couldn’t care whether or not they win or lose. It’s really hard to tell why someone is unhappy or happy at times..

  10. longco44 says:

    On a side note…. The Chicago Cubs will be coming into the Safe this year! Hopefully we will all get to see Silva start against the Mariners…. :)

  11. Any trade that get’s rid of El Buffalo is a good trade. If he becomes the best Bradely in M’s history (see Phil and Scott), then even better. It’s gonna be an interesting year to say the least!

  12. According to the AP, there was a catch,

    “Chicago also received $9 million from the Mariners as part of the swap,…”

    I hope that doesn’t come out of this year’s payroll $’s. IF IT DOES, it makes the trade look a whole lot worse.

  13. Longco… Wasn’t aware the cubbies will be here this year…. LOL!!! That sure adds to the equation…. Like Moo says, the coin to chicago certainly means something, but Silva is not, nor would have been anything in MarinerLand….
    “Z” done good…. another positive…

  14. IB – there’s a pattern with Bradley… I don’t know the guy personally… but eventually there’s a pattern… just like his career and being wanted… I doubt all the teams he’s ever played with (what seems like many, many teams) have always had players who never wanted to win… After awhile, he needs to take responsibility for stupidity (like knowing how many outs there are in an inning… or going psycho over and over again). Hey, I have no problem with the M’s, but as a guy who loves and follows two sports (football/baseball) I know he’s bad news (not as bad as Carlos Silva sucks though).

  15. He’s played for about 10 teams in a decade. Does that sound like many teams want to keep him around? I, for one, would be utterly PO’d if the Seahawks traded Mebane or the Twins traded Morneau or Mauer. You keep core players. You don’t trade, or get ride of, them like excess garbage. Most credible GMs build teams around players who want to win. They don’t get rid of them.

  16. The Seahawks need a couple of MEATBALLS just like Milton Bradley.

  17. If Bradley acts like a moron, all the M’s have to do is fine their pay back from him.
    Get kicked out of a game pay up, talk trash about the organization pay up, …..sooner or later he will either quit acting like a fool, or be paying more than his salary.

  18. Wow…. that article by Hensen is a sizzler!!!!! Love for him to be wrong, but I don’t see a ghost of a chance for that…. Ya gotta guess opponents will attempt to stir ‘the Bradley pot’ whenever possible also…. Sure makes ya wonder about people….

  19. snydro22 says:

    This trade was a no-brainer.. Wabubba was spot on.. Silva was most likely going to be cut and his salary swallowed.. According to the Times, the real number is 6 million over two years to the Cubs – 3 million per year.. Silva is owed 4 million more than Bradley, so the net loss for the Mariners is 2 million dollars.. Not bad considering Bradley in 2008 had an amazing year and even last year, in a down year, had a .360 OBP..

    Can’t see any downside to this trade, at all.. Even though Bradley has a history of making waves, most players and coaches agree that when he is treated fairly, and is in a positive environment, he thrives and is a class act.. Jack Z said he would be a welcome addition to the community, which speaks volumes, because he didn’t need to say that..

    I think Griffey in that clubhouse will help Bradley go a long way towards recreating past success..

  20. snydro22 says:

    I misread the Times story.. The Mariners paid 9 million total, 3 of which covered the difference in salary, leaving 6 million to the Cubs.. It will spread over two years, 3 million per year..

  21. wabubba67 says:

    Wow! I don’t think that I can handle all the surprises this week….Locker stays, Lee is a Mariner, Silva isn’t….and snydro agreed with one of my posts. Kind of feel like I am living in some sort of Seinfeld Bizarro-world. Waiting for peace in the Middle East to be declared later today.

  22. snydro22 says:

    This just in – Palestinians still hate Jews.. Sorry, wabubba..

  23. wabubba67 says:

    No need to apologize, snydro…wasn’t looking for peace with you.

  24. dave8557 says:

    The two best trades Z-man made this winter: Getting Cliff Lee, and unloading Carlos Silva. Even if all he received was some old bats, it would have been a good trade.

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