Big Risks, Rewards in Bradley-Silva Trade

The Seattle Mariners give up Carlos Silva for Milton Bradley

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In a long-rumored deal, the Seattle Mariners traded their lackluster pitcher Carlos Silva for the Chicago Cubs' temperamental outfielder Milton Bradley. Sports bloggers in the respective cities are rushing to analyze what the deal might portend for each ball club. Here's what's buzzing:

  • Trading Bad Apples, observes Jeff Sullivan at SB Nation: "Carlos Silva is set to make $25m over the next two years, while Milton Bradley is set to make $21m. Some money would probably change hands in this deal, but they have very similar contracts, so for all intents and purposes the money balances out. This is simply an exchange of what two teams consider to be sunk costs."
  • Someone Actually Wanted Carlos Silva? writes Gregg Bell of the Associated Press: "Seattle, which has never even appeared in a World Series, didn't expect to find a suitor for Silva. He has done little except lose and get hurt in the two seasons since he signed a $48 million, four-year contract. Silva won five games in two years with the Mariners: $4.8 million per victory."
  • Cubs See Potential in Silva, writes Paul Sullivan at Chicago Breaking Sports News: "Right-hander Carlos Silva, whom the Cubs acquired along with $9 million, has been monitored by the Cubs during Winter Ball in Venezuela, in hopes that he'll be able to turn things around. Silva will compete for a starting spot this spring, and is likely to begin the season in the rotation, at least until Ted Lilly gets back sometime in May. After that, it depends on how Silva fares on the mound. He could wind up in middle relief."
  • Watch Out for Bradley, He's a Hothead, notes Doug Miller at "Bradley had engaged in an obscenity-filled shouting match with then-hitting coach Von Joshua when asked if he was available to pinch-hit. Bradley also had temper-related problems with the Cleveland Indians, for whom he played from 2001-03, and the Los Angeles Dodgers (2004-05)."
  • Could Turn Out Badly for Seattle, writes Geof Baker at The Seattle Times: "Yes, there are numerous potential risks here, especially the potential disruption to the clubhouse that was not a factor here in 2009. in this context, the decision to re-sign Ken Griffey Jr. looks a lot better than it did yesterday. If there's one guy who can reign in Bradley's explosive temper, it's Griffey. Don Wakamatsu and his staff won't hurt either."
  • Get Ready for a Cubs Shopping Spree, writes Bruce Levin at ESPN: "The deal will now free up some extra money for Cubs general manager Jim Hendry to add players for next season. The Cubs covet former Texas Rangers center fielder Marlon Byrd and right-handed reliever Matt Capps, who was recently non-tendered by Pittsburgh. Both players are free agents."
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