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No Brad Hawpe for Right Field

If the Chicago Cubs are ultimately able to move Milton Bradley, they will have to find someone to take over his right field duties (or center field, should Kosuke Fukudome slide back over to right). But that somebody won’t be Colorado Rockies outfielder Brad Hawpe, who’d previously been rumored on the block. It looks like […]

Matt Holliday Loves New York

Outfielder Matt Holiday, who provided the spark that shot the St. Louis Cardinals to the top of the NL Central and the postseason, is going to be a very expensive free agent this year. Some sources suggest he’ll seek as much as six or seven years, and more than $120 million. Good luck with that, […]

Cubs Expected to Sign Rudy Jaramillo to Multi-year Deal

It did not take long for the Chicago Cubs to move on their new hitting coach. The rumors of the Cubs’ interest in Rangers hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo are not yet cold – they just started percolating three days ago – and it looks like it’s nearly a done deal. GM Jim Hendry has been […]

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Chicago Cubs Considering Next Hitting Coach

The first rumor about a possible hitting coach replacement involves Texas Rangers’ coach Rudy Jaramillo. The Chicago Cubs let their hitting coach, Von Joshua, return to AAA Iowa. Joshua, himself, was a midseason replacement for previous hitting coach Gerald Perry. Hitting coaches generally receive too much of the blame when a team isn’t hitting, and […]

How About Jason Bay for Chicago Cubs Right Fielder

If the Chicago Cubs are successful in their efforts to move Milton Bradley, it will leave a hole in right field that could be filled internally – by sliding Kosuke Fukudome back over to right field, and allowing Sam Fuld and Reed Johnson (if re-signed) to split time in center field. But the hole does […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Enter the Tampa Bay Rays – And Pat Burrell

Priority one this offseason for Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry is dumping Milton Bradley, and trying to eat as little salary as possible in the process. Always easier when the player in question is a total chode and he finished the season suspended for said chode-ness. To make matters worse, the possible locations for […]

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Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Royals Not an Option Either?

We somehow missed this quote last week regarding the Kansas City Royals’ interest in grousy Chicago Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley. And it ain’t good. Royals officials dismiss — in strong terms — reports of possible interest in acquiring outfielder Milton Bradley from the Cubs. “Idiots” was one of the nicer comments directed at those offering […]

Cubs Payroll May Drop Next Year

The Chicago Cubs sported a healthy $140 million payroll this year, and although it didn’t really help the Cubs win anything, it did give fans continued high hopes – including the hope that the Cubs would continue to have a payroll commensurate with their market. That hope may be in jeopardy. Whether [Ricketts will] bring […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Exit the Rangers?

Just a day after we learned that the San Diego Padres may be exiting the Milton Bradley (*sarcastic laugh*) sweepstakes, another possible landing spot looks to be not so possible. According to T.R. Sullivan, who covers the Rangers for MLB.com, the Rangers are not interested in bringing Milton Bradley back. In fact, that’s pretty much […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Exit the Padres?

Last week, San Diego Padres General Manager Kevin Towers said that they had enjoyed having Milton Bradley on their team, and all but said that if he’s traded, they’d be happy to take him back. All of Cubs fandom was aglow with happiness, relief, and delight. And then this weekend, Kevin Towers got the boot […]

Aramis Ramirez Hearts Jim Hendry

Aramis Ramirez has had a tough year, not unlike the rest of the Chicago Cubs. For Ramirez, though, the reason was a bum shoulder, not a crummy performance. But Ramirez wants you to know that he doesn’t blame general manager Jim Hendry for the disappointing 2009 season, and you shouldn’t blame him either. The question […]

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Lou Piniella Suggests that Milton Bradley is Gone

Although the prevailing wisdom has already been that Chicago Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley is not long for this team. But what remains unknown is just how determined the Cubs are to dump him and his $21 million commitment remaining over the next two years. If manager Lou Piniella is to be believed, the Cubs must […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: To the Giants for Aaron Rowand?

Yes, it’s time for another obsessive watch. Harden’s shoulder largely held up this year, the Cubs’ new owner is all but in place, and Jake Peavy ended up on the other side of town. So let’s obsess about something we’ve already obsessed about for months: Milton Bradley. As the Cubs just finished a four-game set […]

Milton Bradley to the San Diego Padres?

Although it is a near certainty that the Chicago Cubs will want to trade Milton Bradley this off-season, it is not a certainty that any other team will want the troubled outfielder. But even on the heels of Bradley’s season-ending suspension by the Cubs for conduct detrimental to the team, at least one team is […]

Could the Mets be Interested in Milton Bradley? Carlos Zambrano?

Sure, the offseason isn’t here yet, but it’s never too early for crazy Chicago Cubs rumors. And that is part of our credo here at Bleacher Nation: we will bring you every Cubs rumor we hear, no matter how … out there. This one is probably best filed in the “out there” category. But still, […]

Breaking: Milton Bradley Will Not Appeal Suspension

Milton Bradley has decided not to appeal his season-ending suspension by the Chicago Cubs – though, he’ll be gladly accepting his paychecks along the way. Accepting the suspension came with an apology. Which pretty much means that the drama that is Milton Bradley isn’t going away any time soon. “I chose Chicago as a free […]

Lou Piniella Implies That Milton Bradley is Gone this Winter

We all know that the Chicago Cubs will try to deal disgruntled (and disgruntling) outfielder Milton Bradley this offseason. But we didn’t know how much the team expects that a trade will happen. Manager Lou Piniella may have let the cat out of the bag. It’s early, but Colvin, the team’s No. 1 Draft pick […]

MLB Players Association May Take Up Milton Bradley’s Cause

The Major League Baseball players’ union may file a grievance on Milton Bradley’s behalf after the outfielder was (finally) suspended by the Chicago Cubs for the rest of the season for his absurdly unacceptable comments made over the weekend. However, the Cubs have yet to issue a formal notice of the suspension to either Bradley, […]

Bradley’s Teammates React to Suspension – Think Any Defended Him?

Usually when a player is disciplined, either by Major League Baseball or by the player’s team, the player’s teammates tow the company line, but avoid making any comments that indicate they agree with the discipline. They say things like, “I understand the team’s decision, but I don’t agree with it. I hope we can get […]

Tyler Colvin to Chicago

The youngster call-ups continue, and this one may be of a little more moment than the others. The Chicago Cubs will today call up outfielder Tyler Colvin from AA Tennessee. “We’ll get another outfielder and we’ll get a look at our future,” Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. “We’ll put him in the outfield and let […]

Breaking: Cubs Suspend Milton Bradley for Rest of Year

We guessed that Milton Bradley’s most recent – and unbelievable – comments about the Chicago Cubs would lead to his walking papers, and in a way, they have. Within the hour, the Cubs have suspended Milton Bradley for the rest of the year. General manager Jim Hendry cited comments Bradley made this weekend to the […]

Adventures in Insanity: Milton Bradley is Signing His Own Walking Papers

There comes a point in long stories where the story almost becomes a parody of itself. You’ll remember it from the Brett Favre will-he-won’t-he saga. At some point, it’s true, but it’s also a joke. That’s where we are with Milton Bradley. I would be utterly floored by his most recent comments if not for […]

Milton Bradley is Injured, Angry – What Else is New?

Chicago Cubs right fielder Milton Bradley left yesterday’s game against the Brewers in the sixth inning after perceiving some knee swelling. This is, of course, no big deal in two senses – it doesn’t sound serious, and guys are removed late for precautionary reasons all the time. But Milton Bradley can’t simply let it not […]

Carlos Zambrano and Milton Bradley to be Traded? Bruce Levine Thinks So

The Chicago Cubs 2009 season has certainly been a disappointment. Of course, it’s not quite over yet, but that’s not stopping the Cubs from discussing 2010. “We haven’t talked about next year as of yet,” Piniella said. “We want to continue to focus on our games now and this season. However, we are going to […]