Mariners Trading for Cubs’ Bradley

by Ben Cook on December 18, 2009

The Seattle Times’ Larry Stone is reporting that the Mariners will trade Carlos Silva to the Chicago Cubs for outfielder Milton Bradley.

The Cubs have been unhappy with Bradley’s performance after giving him a 3 year, $30 million deal last off-season. However, the enigmatic outfielder could provide the Mariner offense with solid production from the left-field or DH positions.

Pitcher Carlos Silva found himself in a similar position with the Mariners, getting a 4 year, $48 million deal two years ago but putting up an ERA over 6 in ’08 and spending most of ’09 on the DL.

There’s no word whether the Mariners will be sending any money to Chicago to make up the difference in contracts. Silva is still owed $25 million while Bradley is only owed $21 million. Even if the Mariners send $4 million along to even things out, it’s tough not to LOVE this deal for the M’s.

Combined with the previous additions of Chone Figgins and ace Cliff Lee, the Mariners look to be a drastically improved team adding even more potential firepower in the form of Bradley.

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