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Mariners designate Bradley for assignment

Posted on: May 9, 2011 2:32 pm
Edited on: May 9, 2011 2:37 pm
By Matt Snyder

For a few hours, it appeared Milton Bradley had avoided being cut loose by the Mariners, as they designated Ryan Langerhans for assignment Monday morning in promoting Mike Wilson. Only now the Mariners have decided to designate Bradley for assignment, too, recalling Carlos Peguero in a corresponding move. ( via Twitter)

This move will almost certainly lead to Bradley's release. The other options are the Mariners trading Bradley to another team within 10 days -- I'll pause for laughter here -- or Bradley clearing waivers and being sent to the minors. And he'd have to accept the assignment in the latter case. So, again, the most likely scenario is Bradley is released and if any team should really want him, they could then grab him for the league minimum with the Mariners eating a little more than $9 million this season on the contract.

Bradley's contract was originally signed with the Cubs, who shipped Bradley after one tumultuous season to Seattle for another awful contract in Carlos Silva. The Mariners ended up paying Bradley a bit more than they owed Silva in the trade.

As is becoming pretty commonplace, Bradley will be leaving a pretty sour taste in the mouths of fans.

The Mariners were Bradley's eighth team and he's been in the league for 12 seasons. For a while (about 2003-2008), Bradley was a bad seed with tons of production when actually healthy and sane. Now he's just a bad seed, as he hit .209 with a .649 OPS, bad defense and several on- and off-field problems in two seasons (just 101 games) for the Mariners.

It's possible this is the end of Bradley's major-league career, but there are still 22 teams who haven't given him a shot. He'll probably get at least one more chance.

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Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: May 9, 2011 4:55 pm

Mariners designate Bradley for assignment


He had a 132 OPS-plus from 2003-2008. For those who don't know what it means, his on-base percentage plus slugging percentage were 32 percent better than the league average (ballpark adjusted).

That's pretty darn good.

Otherwise I'd agree with the rest of your comment.
- Matt

Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 4:54 pm

Mariners designate Bradley for assignment

I thought he was a bad pick up and now I hope they release him.  Then I hope the M's wise up and stop taking flyers on players like Bradley.  I think that Bradley has seen the last of his playing days unless he changes his character but I dont think he will

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2011 4:47 pm

Mariners designate Bradley for assignment

While i wholeheartedly agree to the gist of your comments we must be fair to the original article.In the highlighted years Bradley averaged .295 with 91 HR'S and 327 RBI'S indeed he had 77 RBI'S in his season with the Rangers

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2011 4:31 pm

Mariners designate Bradley for assignment

"A bad seed with TONS of production", who are you kidding?  He's only played in 100 a year four times in his 12 year history, and in those four years he hit a total of 63 home runs and never had higher than 56 RBI's, with a career .271 average.  Where's the TONS?  And for this he gets $10mil per year.  He's a waste of skin on the field and off and if another team picks him up both the GM and the Owner should be fired.

Since: Aug 2, 2009
Posted on: May 9, 2011 4:30 pm

Mariners designate Bradley for assignment

im just really baffled on why the teams keep paying him incredible amounts of cash for no production

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: May 9, 2011 4:15 pm

Mariners designate Bradley for assignment

Anyway you cut it, we are Bored with his Game.  Bradley would be better off being reassigned to play for the Whispering Pines Home for Whacko.

Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 3:42 pm

Mariners designate Bradley for assignment

How is releasing Langerhans any different than Saunders?  He's only hitting 3 points higher (.173 vs .170) and has 22 strikeouts in 52 AB.  I don't think his 3 HR and 6 RBI are going to be missed too much.  That said, almost the M's lineup belongs in AAA, so it's no big deal to shuffle folks around.

Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2011 3:42 pm

Mariners designate Bradley for assignment

actually, a board game manufacturer ... there is no game call Milton Bradley ... just sayin'!

Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2011 3:32 pm

Mariners designate Bradley for assignment

True Saunders does not know what end of the bat to hold at the plate but you have no one to patrol centerfield until Franklin gets back and who knows how long that will be.... Drop Saunders clear down to the #8 hole to take some pressure off plus you now have two "wind machines" in the line up with Cust at DH and Wilson/Peguero in LF. In retrospect should have kept Ackley in the outfield instead of grooming him for second base. 

All of those dollars freed up at the end of the season I smell activity in the free agent market for a left fielder next year. 

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2011 3:27 pm
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