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Milton Bradley in "intense discussions" with Cubs

According to the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo, Rangers free-agent OF/DH Milton Bradley is in intense discussions with the Cubs after meeting with team officials on Sunday.  The Rays are also known to be very interested in Bradley.  (Personally, knowing how bad Bradley's knees are, I'm surprised he has any inclination to play his home games on artificial turf, but I digress.)

Bradley had a career year last season, hitting .321/.436/.563 with 22 HR and 77 RBI in 126 games for the Rangers, playing primarily as a DH.  Due to perennial injury problems (and an occaisionally tempestuous personality) he has only played more than 100 games in a season three times in his 9-year ML career.  Although he's certainly going to cash in from his performance last season, his medical history will probably keep his salary down - he's looking for something in the 4 year/$40M range, according to John Heyman, but it's doubtful that anyone's offering that kind of deal at this point.  He's only a Type B free agent, which means that whoever signs him won't give up a draft pick.

Bradley may be the best left-handed hitter available right now, and the price - probably under $10M a year, and no draft pick forfeited - seems right, but if he comes to the North Side, I sure hope he's left his bad knees somewhere else.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or Al Yellon, managing editor (unless it's a FanPost posted by Al). FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.

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