I've heard his nae around alot lately
I wonder if its not his agents drumming up interest.
Championships for MY teams in my lifetime:
Cincinnati Reds - 75, 76, 90
Chicago Blackhawks - 10, 13, 15
University of Kentucky - 78, 96, 98, 12
Chicago Bulls - 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98
If the Reds have some money to spend, they could do a lot worse than Milton Bradley. I have no problem "putting up" with ~140 OPS+ (his rough average over the last 3 years, something Dunn hasn't even managed during that same time span, though he was much healthier). The real question should be the contract length. I like the idea of 2 years with an option for a third. Seems that'd be just about right until we see if Frazier or Alonso (or whoever) could fill in on a more permanent basis.
Last edited by Screwball; 12-15-2008 at 04:42 PM.
And thankfully, Dude in the past has successfully found his way out to LF (71 times in his career, for those scoring at home). Most noteably, he played 40 games there for the Padres in 2007, which is encouraging.
Discouraging, however, is that he'll be a DH playing LF (this seems familiar for Cincy, no?), but his bat more than justifies his lack of D, IMO.
Also encouraging is that Dude knows how to find 1B without the help of GPS, or a map. .370 OBP for his career, .280 AVG for his career.
So, given he made $5,250,000 in 2008, and $4,000,000 in 2007, what's a good $ for Milton Bradley? $7 Mil? $8 Mil? $9 Mil?
IMO, once Milton Bradley's salary approaches $10 Million a year for more than 2 years, we'll be burning that proverbial pile 'o cash.
But man, it would be fun to watch someone with some fire to him like Milton Bradley.
And that lofty OPS+ was put up over seasons of 96, 61 and 126 games. Awesome, it's the second coming of Griffey circa 2003-2005. Now we just need someone to fill in the 200 missed games.
Is there anybody that redszone agrees on?