Silva, Bradley, and Burrell
So via Jayson Stark, the latest in Milton Bradley rumors:
Certainly not to Seattle, and especially not for Carlos Silva.
What about Carlos Silva and… umm… Skillet caters the clubhouse food next time you’re on a road trip in Seattle? No?
So all signs continue to point, if they can ever figure out the money disparity, toward Bradley’s winding up in Tampa Bay, in what now figures to be a one-for-one trade for Pat Burrell. The Cubs would then do their best to spin Burrell elsewhere, to a destination still unknown.
I don’t see this. It sounds like a deal someone would pitch in fantasy baseball. “Okay, I know you don’t need another first baseman, but you can trade him to someone else…”
Let’s say you’re Tampa Bay. Sure, you might like to get rid of Burrell, but you’ve just seen the Cubs weren’t just unable to move Bradley but they couldn’t even get nibbles from more than a few teams who then decided it wasn’t worth it. Say what you will about Burrell, but he doesn’t come with the complete matched baggage set. I don’t remember the last time I saw a player valued so low as Bradley is right now. And with that, everyone knows the Cubs aren’t going to get less desperate. They’re not going to bring Bradley to spring training and try and spread the good news about how they’ve reached an understanding and Bradley’s healthy and re-dedicated, so anyone who needs an outfielder/DH should certainly not call them, that’s how excited they are.
Well, not with any sense of pride or credibility.
If you’re any team that might be considering trading a contract sink (like Silva!) for him, you’re probably demanding so much the Cubs would rather buy out the remaining years and be done with it. And good for you.