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There’s a new San Diego Padres Rumor posted over on YourSportsFix.com. Enjoy!
If the San Diego Padres are trying to create the most volatile clubhouse in the league, they certainly took another step in the right direction today. The fathers acquired the often troubled Milton Bradley and cash from the Oakland A’s in exchange for minor league pitcher Andrew Brown.
Bradley’s performance on the field and at the plate is tough not to like but his history of injuries and explosive behavior. Bradley’s currently hitting .292 with two home runs in only 19 games this season. However, the San Diego dugout now contains both Michael Barrett and Bradley, both who have had serious trouble playing well with others in the past. At this point I’m almost rooting for Barrett to drop a throw home from Bradley in a critical moment of a game. I mean how often do you get a chance to see two volcanoes explode at the same time?
Guest Blogged by J.P. Maxwell
According to the Oakland Athletics team site (now also in the San Francisco Chronicle), the team designated OF Milton Bradley for assignment yesterday. The team now has ten days to either trade or release Bradley. This is a surprising move, considering how well Bradley can play at times and it seemed the A’s worked very hard to acquire him a couple of years ago. Bradley can hit for power and average, runs pretty well, and has played well on defense. He has had some trouble with injuries over his career and some “character” issues in the past as well. To me, those two things had to be major factors for his designation. He is due to make $4 million this year, a little bit more than half of that should be remaining for the rest of this season. A few teams who need help in the outfield are believed to have interest including the Padres, Marlins, Cardinals, and maybe even the Pirates. It is believed that it would not take much talent to acquire Bradley in a trade. If Bradley is not traded after the ten days, the A’s then have to release Bradley and “eat” the remaining money on the contract.
Apparently J.P. and I think a lot alike as I was working on a post about Bradley being linked to the New York Mets (and team officials shooting it down) when he sent this post in. Personally I think Bradley would be a great pickup for whichever team gets him. He’s been very injury prone and has a reputation for being tough to get along with in the dugout but as J.P. mention, I can’t imagine it would take much to get him. However, the interested parties could very well wait it out until the A’s are forced to release him (see the Cardinals persuit of Ohka) in order further minimize their risk.
Buster Olney is reporting on ESPN.com that the Cubs have traded catcher Michael Barrett to the San Diego Padres.
"In return the Cubs will receive Padres backup catcher Rob Bowen and minor league outfielder Kyler Burke, who was San Diego’s first-round compensation pick in last year’s first-year player draft, Olney reports. The Padres will get cash considerations from the Cubs."
It’s tough to see this as anything other than the Cubs dumping a disturbance in the clubhouse. Rumor Mill Guest Blogger Derek Wonderland sent in his take on the trade:
"Barrett should help the woeful Padres offense by providing a little more punch (pun definitely intended) than current starting catcher Josh Bard who is hitting .253 with 2 HRs and 19 RBIs. That is, of course, assuming he can concentrate on playing and try to avoid getting into Pay Per View slugfests with his pitchers in the dugout."
Rumor Mill Guest Blogger, J.P. Maxwell also weighs in about an interesting twist to the trade:
On a bit of a side note, I find it interesting that the Cubs and Padres hooked up for a trade this early after Cubs 1B Derrek Lee and Padres P Chris Young started a benches clearing brawl Saturday at Wrigley Field, which also resulted in 5-game suspensions for both Lee and Young. I guess time heals all wounds.
It would certainly be interesting to see what if any role Barrett had in the fight over the weekend. Someone’s gotta have some tape on this right?
AtlantaBraves – Lack of production at 1st Base
continues to haunt the Braves. Scott Thorman (.216 / 6 HRs / 25
RBIs) is not contributing like the team had hoped, which has led to
Bobby Cox giving heralded catching prospect Jarrod Saltalamacchia
some reps at 1st Base. Salty is widely regarded as the
best catching prospect in baseball, but with Brian McCann firmly
entrenched behind the plate it appears that his only chance to play
everyday for Atlanta will be at first base.
a Braves fan, I can’t get enough of Salty at 1st
Base. As Thorman continues to battle Andruw Jones for the title of
Strikeout King, Salty has adjusted quickly to big league pitching and
seems to get clutch hits whenever he gets a chance to play.
Cubs – Earlier
this week the Chicago Tribune reported
that the Cubs may be willing to deal “ace” Carlos
Zambrano before the trading deadline, rather than lose him at the end
of the season for nothing. Zambrano, a free agent at the end of the
year, has struggled this season, going 5-5 with a 5.62 ERA in 12
starts. In an interview with the Chicago Sun
Times on June 6th, Cubs GM Jim Hendry would not
comment on any potential trades, and instead stated that he hoped
Zambrano would be better in the second half of the season, as he has
been previously in his career.
The New York
Mets, with their abundant resources, are a possible trade partner,
should the Cubs decide to move Zambrano.
Angeles Dodgers – According to the San
Diego Union-Tribune, the agent for CF Ichiro Suzuki met with
Dodgers GM Ned Colletti to discuss the impending free agent’s
The San Diego
Padres are also said to have some interest in Ichiro.
Mets – Already enjoying great production from their
starting rotation, the Mets figure to get a boost in roughly 6-8
weeks when Pedro Martinez rejoins the team. Newsday
reported on Tuesday that Martinez threw 2 mound sessions, consisting
of approximately 15 pitches each. When asked how he felt afterward,
Martinez glowingly reported, “I could
have thrown more, but we don’t want to get me hurt.”
is not good news for fans of other NL East teams. The Mets are
already enjoying a fairy tale season that seems destined to end up at
the World Series, the last thing I want to see is them add another
front line starter.
~ GUEST BLOGGED BY DEREK WONDERLAND
Baseball might not be the constant fast paced action like basketball, but make no mistake, it’s a fast game and it will pass you up in a flash. In the fall of 2004, Craig Wilson was a member of the Pirates and several teams were hoping to pry him away from Pittsburgh for their final playoff push. Fastforward two and a half years later (give or take, math’s no longer my strong suit) and just like that, the game has seemingly passed Wilson by. The firstbaseman/outfielder was released by the Atlanta Braves after batting only a buck seventytwo over the course of 24 games and 58 at bats. However, a few teams seem to think Wilson may have a bit left in his tank. Since he can be had for the league minimum he wouldn’t cost a team much and if he can regain a bit of that 29 home run form of 2004 he’d be a great asset to any number of clubs. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres are considering making a move for Wilson. The Twins has also been considered possible suitors, however, the Minneapolis Star Tribune says the Twinkies don’t appear to be interested. The Cardinals would probably take a chance on anyone that could provide some pop off the bench at this point and Wilson’s old Pirates may also be interested.
On a side note, someone should tell Craig that when you’re applying for a job, you should really cut your hair and go in looking sharp. Nothing quite says down and out player like a mighty flowing semi-mullet.