Milton Bradley, OF-DHBats: Switch-hitterThrows: RightHeight: 6-0Weight: 215Age: 32
2010 salary: $12 million
2010 stats: Batted .205 with five home runs and 29 RBI in 73 games with a .292 on-base percentage.
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2010 highlightsWhen healthy - mentally and physically - Bradley showed flashes of why the Mariners acquired him from the Cubs. He won a game in April with a three-run home run, and eight RBI in a six-game span in May and hit four home runs during interleague play. “I’ve been with plenty of teams who needed outfield help and his name always came up,” scout Stan Williams said. “He’s talented, but there’s baggage.”
2010 lowlightsBradley’s year ended with Aug. 17 knee surgery, but long before that there were issues on and off the field. On Seattle’s first trip of the season, Bradley flipped off Texas fans from left field and was caught by television cameras. In May, was placed on the restricted list after asking the Mariners for help in controlling his temper. “He’s a time bomb and that’s a shame, because he has a lof of talent,” scout Harry Minor said. “Milton always blames someone else for what goes wrong.”
Summing up Bradley’s 2010The second-highest paid Mariner made 67 starts last year, hampered by leg injuries and emotional problems, and was largely a non-factor in the clubhouse. His hitting in the middle of the order - along with that of Ken Griffey Jr. and Jose Lopez - crippled Seattle’s offense. He made just 39 starts in the outfield, leaving open the question of whether his body could stand the pounding of regular play.
Looking to 2011Bradley’s season hasn’t begun but his problems have, with an arrest last month for threatening a Southern California woman. Yes, he has baggage. Can he still hit? “He’s no longer aggressive at the plate,” one NL East scout said. “He’s a festering sore with talent,” Williams said. He’s also due $12 million and comes to spring training next week without a job - Jack Cust is the DH and left field belongs to Michael Saunders.