The Mariners finally made the move that everyone wanted and designated Milton Bradley for assignment. They recalled outfielder Carlos Peguero from Triple A Tacoma.
Bradley's tumultuous tenure in Seattle comes to an end with disappointment. The one-time all-star outfielder leaves Seattle having never lived up to the limited expectations the team had for him.
"We just felt that Milton was not part of our future and not part of our present," Zduriencik said. "Therefore, the move was made."
Bradley, 33, hit .218 (22-for-101) with 6 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs and 13 RBI in 28 games with Seattle this season. In parts of two seasons (2010-2011), he hit a combined .209 (72-for-345) with 15 doubles, 2 triples, 10 home runs and 42 RBI in 101 games.
He missed games with injuries. He missed games to go to anger management counseling. He missed games because he was a liability in left field.
And the Mariners still owe him $12 million this season. I think it's safe to say that neither side won in the Milton Bradley-Carlos Silva trade. Maybe the Cubs did in the sense that they bid adieu to Silva before the season began.
"We were trading in essence contract for contract and in hopes it would work out for both clubs," Zduriencik said. "At this point in time, it really hasn’t worked out for either club."
Columnist John McGrath wrote this column for today's paper about Bradley and what he brings to the team or lack thereof before Bradley was designated for assignment. From the column ...
It would be one thing if Bradley made up for his fielding deficiencies with his bat, but he’s hitting .216 – that includes the two singles he collected Sunday – with only two homers. Is there another major-league lineup that regularly puts a more tepid hitter into the No. 3 slot of the batting order?
Better question: Is there another major-league lineup that puts a worse defender in left field?Peguero is batting .282 (29-for-103) with 20 runs, 6 doubles, 4 home runs and 13 RBI in 25 games with the Rainiers. He originally signed as a non-drafted free agent on Jan. 20, 2005, out of Hondo Valle, Dominican Republic.
Zduriencik expects that Mike Wilson and Peguero would likely platoon in left field.