Day 1 has come and gone in MLB’s Winter Meetings and Milton Bradley is still a Cub. GM Jim Hendry has had several discussions with teams regarding moving Bradley, but that is all it has been thus far. Once some of the other signings/trades take place, then teams might be ready to move on with an acquisition of Bradley.
Two possible scenarios include a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Pat Burrell. Burrell did not play well in his only year in Tampa and he is owed around $9 million in 2010. That means the Cubs will likely have to eat a good chunk of the remaining $11 million owed to Bradley in 2011.
The other scenario involves the New York Mets. The Mets are looking to move 2nd baseman Luis Castillo who is owed $12 million over the next 2 seasons. It’s unclear if the Mets would want the Cubs to pick up some of Bradley’s salary in that trade.
We’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear anything. It is truly unlikely that the Cubs bring Bradley back, so expect a trade to happen within the next couple of weeks. Even if the Cubs have to eat some of Bradley’s salary to get the deal done, it will be a good move in the long run for the frustrating Cubs.