Thursday, April 01, 2004

Milton Bradley storms out on Indians 

CF Milton Bradley has left the Cleveland Indians, and Peter Gammons is reporting the Indians will trade him within 72 hours.

Bradley has a history of bad behavior and off-the-field problems, with this just being the latest, and apparently the straw that broke the camel's back in Cleveland.

John Hart better be on the phone with Mark Shapiro, the Indian G.M. (and Hart's protege). The Rangers are in dire need of a quality offensive, and defensive, centerfielder. Bradley is young, inexpensive, and (when healthy) a top-tier centerfielder. He would allow the Rangers to go with a Mench/Bradley/Nix outfield, which would be an upgrade over the Mench/Nix/(Jordan/Dellucci platoon) we currently have. And Hart has a history of dealing with malcontents, be it Manny Ramirez, Albert Belle, Carl Everett, or John Rocker...

The Rangers have stockpiled some good young talent in the minors, and it is time to put some of that to use...offer Ramon Nivar and a couple of pitchers from the lower levels, and see if that's enough to entice the Indians to send Bradley this way.

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