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Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Milton Going to an AL Team Tonight? UPDATED x2

Chicago Cubs Rumors

According to Gordon Wittenmyer’s Twitter, the Cubs may be on the verge of trading Milton Bradley to a “surprise” AL team tonight. Various rumors have linked Bradley to the Rays, Rangers, and Royals in the AL, so none of those three would qualify as a “surprise.”


Yahoo Sports has suggested that the surprise team is the Mariners, and the return is starting pitcher Carlos Silva – a guy the Cubs looked at back when he was a free agent. Silva is signed through 2011, like Bradley, and is owed a total of $25 million over those two years. Silva’s two years in Seattle have been an absolute disaster – hurt last year, and God awful in 2008. And frankly, he wasn’t very good before that. The Cubs need a starting pitcher, but let’s hope this isn’t how it goes down.

UPDATE: See Cigar’s note in the comments. The Mariners/Silva rumor has been, thankfully, squashed. Also, we could see an announcement on the Bradley front tomorrow morning (if word doesn’t leak sooner).

UPDATE 2: Wittenmyer has updated and said that the prospective deal is 3/4 done, that it’s a two-team swap, and it’s for a player that the Cubs will then have to spin off. Hmm. AL team – not the Rangers, Rays, Mariners or Angels – that would take Bradley, and that has a player that want to dump, whom the Cubs wouldn’t want to keep. Any guesses?


The Indians want to dump Kerry Wood ($10ish million left on his deal for 2010) – if Jim Hendry is so intent on getting a righty reliever who can set-up or close, why not consider Wood? Indians may not want Bradley back, though. I’m just thinking out loud at this point.

More details as they become available…


Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.