Now before you go nuts thinking how ridiculous this sounds, let's read into the logistics:
Contracts: Milton - 2 years/$20M (2009-10), plus 2011 option
- 2 years/$20M (2009-10), plus 2011 option
- signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 1/6/09
- $4M signing bonus
- 09:$5M, 10:$9M, 11:$12M option
- 2011 may become $12M club option with $2M buyout based on Bradley's health
- 2011 option vests with 75 games played in 2009
Contracts: Matt - 2 years/$23M (2008-09)
- 2 years/$23M (2008-09)
- signed extension with Colorado 1/18/08 (avoided arbitration)
- 08:$9.5M, 09:$13.5M
- award bonuses: $25,000 each for All Star, Gold Glove; $50,000 for Silver Slugger; $75,000 for LCS MVP; $0.1M each for MVP, WS MVP
- acquired by Oakland in trade from Colorado 11/12/08
Contracts: Jake - 1 year/$0.4015M (2009)
- 1 year/$0.4015M (2009)
- re-signed by Cubs 2/25/09
Milton: OBP SLG OPS wOBA
.351 .374 .725 .328
Jake: OBP SLG OPS wOBA
.354 .605 .959 .394
Matt: OBP SLG OPS wOBA
.373 .432 .806 .359
Why it works for the A's: Saves on payroll for 2010. The city of Oakland seems to be a better fit for Milton. He may thrive more in not-quite-as-high pressure situations. Jake Fox gives Billy Beane an extra playing card to sign for a modest (possibly under-rated) salary next year, or quickly turn around and trade again. You can argue that Jake is an upgrade over Giambi or Cust.
Why it works for the Cubs: Saves a couple of Million this year...possibly enough to acquire another left-handed reliever. Or at least helps the numbers somewhat when Aaron Miles is unceremoniously dumped. Fox really has no future with this team after Aramis returns. This would also be a counter-punch to the Cardinals, who have been seeking to trade for Holliday before they got DeRosa.
Alright...that's my crazy idea for the season....flame away....
Jake Fox and Milton Bradley to the A's for Matt Holliday?
Do it Hendry! (42 votes)
It might work, but still needs some tweaking (22 votes)
This Neifi Puppy person is off his rocker...this isn't fantasy baseball... (63 votes)
127 total votes