Bradley to Oakland
I really don’t envy Bill Bavasi’s job this time of the year–really most any time of the year. When you think about it, his job is to outsmart a bunch of smart guys (smarter than me, anyway), one of whom is Billy Beane.
The A’s have acquired Milton Bradley and former Tacoma Rainier IF Antonio Perez from the Dodgers for Texas League player of the year Andre Ethier.
As you can read in the thread below on Jeremy Reed, quality centerfielders are particularly scarce this winter. Oakland now has two. If you listen really close, no that’s not Santa’s sleigh bells. That’s Billy Beane’s cellphone ringing. It’s probably the Yankees.
Perez is a month away from turning 26 and already in his young career he has been traded for Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Winn, Jason Romano and now Andre Ethier. And in his next transaction, he’ll be traded for the starting pitcher of your local high school team.