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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Mariners - Acquired Bradley
Seattle Mariners - Acquired OF Milton Bradley from the Chicago Cubs for P Carlos Silva and $9 million.
When someone points a gun at your child and demands your wallet, you’re forced to do it. When you’re found guilty of a crime and sentenced to prison you’re forced to do it.
When a baseball player has problems with the team in the midst of a disastrous season, you’re not forced to trade him. There’s nothing in the Chicago-Bradley that couldn’t have been repaired with a 6 month offseason cooldown period and the Cubs playing better baseball in 2010. One could say that the Cubs are saving money because they considered Bradley a sunk cost, but there was no reason to consider him as such. Baseball management likes to take shots at cold, unfeeling robot statheads, but for all the rhetoric, if you can’t find a way to come to terms with Bradley, a player who can help your team, all your vaunted people skills are for nothing. If my $12K car needs a $1K transmission repair, the annoyance of having the transmission repair doesn’t make the car worthless and if I give it up for nothing, I’m stupid, not responsible.
What do the Mariners get? They get to pay $29 million (including the $9 million sent to Chicago) to have an actual baseball player instead of $24 million to Carlos Silva. The highlight of Silva’s career in Seattle was his shoulder injury. The only way that this ends well for the Cubs is a Malthusian catastrophe that involves Silva getting eaten by rampaging cannibals. I’ll put my money on the Mariners being 1st in the AL West and Milton Bradley magically becoming a non-problem.
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