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Want Milton? Don't Tell Anybody

By Garrett Monaghan

If Jim Hendry is going to deal Milton Bradley this winter, he's going to need a few new trade partners. Padres GM Kevin Towers and Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi, both of whom had expressed some interest in the Cubs' disgruntled outfielder, were fired by their respective organizations today.

It might just be coincidence that both these guys said they were interested in Milton, but it might not. I think I suggested in my last blog that anyone even thinking of trading for Bradley should be fired, so maybe the Blue Jays and Padres were paying attention. The only team remaining that's been rumored to be interested in Bradley is Kansas City; so if I were GM Dayton Moore, I'd either be issuing press releases saying I'm not interested, or polishing my resume. Possibly both.

Personally, I think Towers probably deserved better; but there's a new ownership group taking charge in San Diego, and somebody was going to pay the price for the team's consistent failure.

Ricciardi, on the other hand, can probably lay claim to being the only GM in baseball who gives out worse long-term contracts than Jim Hendry. ESPN even suggested a few months ago that everyone start calling bad long-terms deals "Ricciardis." Vernon Wells, Alex Rios, B.J. Ryan, the list goes on and on. In fact, of all the bone-headed contracts handed out in baseball over the last three years or so, the only ones Ricciardi can't lay claim to are ones Hendry handed out to Soriano and Bradley.

I'm probably giving Milton too much credit for de-railing these guys' careers, but let's not underestimate Milton's ability to be a team cancer...even on different ball clubs on opposite coasts. After his season with the Cubs, there's no reason anyone should want to touch this guy with a ten-foot pole.

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