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Milton Bradley designated for assignment, Carlos Peguero recalled (updated with Zduriencik quotes)

Post by Ryan Divish on May 9, 2011 at 11:03 am with 20 Comments »
May 9, 2011 12:03 pm
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The Mariners finally made the move that everyone wanted and designated Milton Bradley for assignment. They recalled outfielder Carlos Peguero from Triple A Tacoma.

Bradley’s tumultuous tenure in Seattle comes to an end with disappointment. The one-time all-star outfielder leaves Seattle having never lived up to the limited expectations the team had for him.

“We just felt that Milton was not part of our future and not part of our present,” Zduriencik said. “Therefore, the move was made.”

Bradley, 33, hit .218 (22-for-101) with 6 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs and 13 RBI in 28 games with Seattle this season. In parts of two seasons (2010-2011), he hit a combined .209 (72-for-345) with 15 doubles, 2 triples, 10 home runs and 42 RBI in 101 games.

He missed games with injuries. He missed games to go to anger management counseling. He missed games because he was a liability in left field.

And the Mariners still owe him $12 million this season. I think it’s safe to say that neither side won in the Milton Bradley-Carlos Silva trade. Maybe the Cubs did in the sense that they bid adieu to Silva before the season began.

“We were trading in essence contract for contract and in hopes it would work out for both clubs,” Zduriencik said. “At this point in time, it really hasn’t worked out for either club.”

Columnist John McGrath wrote this column for today’s paper about Bradley and what he brings to the team or lack thereof before Bradley was designated for assignment. From the column …

It would be one thing if Bradley made up for his fielding deficiencies with his bat, but he’s hitting .216 – that includes the two singles he collected Sunday – with only two homers. Is there another major-league lineup that regularly puts a more tepid hitter into the No. 3 slot of the batting order?

Better question: Is there another major-league lineup that puts a worse defender in left field?

Peguero is batting .282 (29-for-103) with 20 runs, 6 doubles, 4 home runs and 13 RBI in 25 games with the Rainiers. He originally signed as a non-drafted free agent on Jan. 20, 2005, out of Hondo Valle, Dominican Republic.

Zduriencik expects that Mike Wilson and Peguero would likely platoon in left field.


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  1. Dwatson18 says:

    Great News, John put it straight out in his column this morning. Bradley is a terrible outfielder, bad hitter, clubhouse cancer and all around nutcase. Time for him to take his cool 12 Million and go find something he likes to do, because maybe it was once baseball but that’s been several years.

  2. wibnrml says:

    OH THANK GOD !!!

  3. cougnation says:

    This was long overdue. It was obvious that the crowd had turned on Bradley (for good reason) and the situation was just going to get worse.

  4. Kevindot1 says:

    Woohoo!!! The best news! Hit the road, MB!!

  5. Champion0445 says:

    I am Jack Z is finally getting rid of Milt. Let the young guys play. The bad thing is Peguero is also a liability in the outfield. I’ve watched him make several errors in Tacoma.

  6. Champion0445 says:

    I am glad*

  7. Good move, Jack Z.

  8. gonefishin69690 says:

    Well it’s about time! Good job.

  9. denismenis says:

    If the Mariners think he was a good deal to begin with, I have a Yugo I can sell them.

  10. BenJammin says:

    Your Mariner Haiku for today:

    Temper tantrum ball
    Playing Yatzee in left field
    Wave goodbye buddy

  11. BenJammin says:

    Here’s some more:

    Miguel Olivo
    Passed balls and errors compound
    Can you do much worse?

    Brandon our closer
    Sporadic pitching at best
    He’s out of his League

    More baseball beatings
    Futility reigns supreme
    God bless Chuck Armstrong

    Nintendo baseball
    Where losing is a write off
    Winning is not known

    Dash for the cellar
    Senseless trades and decisions
    Ballpark hot dogs tossed

    When the M’s play bad
    Harsh words are easy to find
    My pen flows freely

    Sunday of pink bats
    Saluting all our mothers
    We still lose badly

  12. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

  13. Pat_riot says:

    Its about G-D time! Should have been done 6 months ago…

  14. I was complaining about Bradley’s dreadful defense before anyone in the local media mentioned it. It’s cost us several games.

  15. stevekrueger says:

    Bradley had one good moment during his otherwise sad tenure with the Ms. A year ago, he exhibited a lot of courage in telling the team that he needed to deal with his personal demons and was given time to get his head straight. First, it’s hard for anyone — whether a sports star or a lowly laborer — to admit something like that. Second, by all accounts he did the hard, personal work that’s required to do something like that. It showed a lot of courage and I found myself rooting for him during the rest of his time with the team. The demons seem to have returned in the offseason with his criminal problems with his wife, and continued when he came to camp…glowering at reporters whenever they would come near his cubicle. He had to go, for the well being of the team…but a part of me will still hope that he somehow gets himself together. He likely will no longer be a professional ballplayer or a husband, but he still has a life. Despite everything, I wish him well.

  16. dave8557 says:

    The biggest mistake the Zman has made – obtaining Bradley in the first place. It’s about time he’s gone.

    I’m worried Michael Saunders may be sent down next.

  17. jmill3 says:

    Why are you worried Saunders might be next? I’m as big a fan of him as anybody, but he’s just embarrassing himself up there right now—he needs to go down to AAA & work on his swing.

  18. Cust better start making Jack Z look good or he’s next. A 3-hole hitter doing what Bradley was (or wasn’t) doing is bad enough, but Cust in the cleanup slot is just as bad. Anybody could’ve told you he’d be a letdown but I’m not shocked the M’s went with him over…say, Dunn, Vlad, etc…it’s all about the money with the M’s and winning is not the priority.

    The real concern I have is if Bedard can string together enough quality starts to garner some trade interest. They need to package him with Wilson (so Ackley can get the call) for something, anything!!! To let Bedard walk after 2011 and get nothing for him (when they gave up a crapload for him) would be a huge mistake – similar to letting Lee go last year without trading him.

  19. mikeyak says:

    The improvement is letting these young players get their shot,Saunders included. Stick with them, the future is bright!!

  20. footballscaa says:

    Whining weiners: Blah blah blah……. Do what you do best. Watch baseball and mange your fantasy teams. Oh, BTW you’ll need to drop Bradley.

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