If you haven't already heard, Milton Bradley was designated for assignment by the A's today, giving them ten days to trade him before just giving him away. It looks like another case of Bradley wearing out his welcome and prompting another general manager to cease tolerating his crap.
Given that Bradley's next team will be his fourth since 2003, it's pretty clear that the guy has some problems fitting in. Bradley has had three separate stints on the disabled list this season, and was apparently perturbed that the A's waited a couple of days before activating him this time around. He was asked on Tuesday how he was feeling, and Bradley said:
"I'm healthy and on the bench."And so now the A's are on the clock, likely fielding lowball offers from a handful of teams interesting in Bradley's services. Personality disorders aside, the Mets could certainly use Bradley's production.
With Moises Alou on the shelf for the foreseeable future and Shawn Green reverting to his previously established level of suckiness since returning from his own spell on the DL, the Mets are getting very little offense from their outfield right now. Carlos Gomez has improved his batting average over the past couple of weeks, but even that and his superlative glove can't make up for the fact that he has zero plate discipline and isn't hitting for any power. Fine for a catcher, but not so much for a corner outfielder. Add to that Carlos Beltran's disappearing act at the plate and it's pretty obvious that the Mets need to beef up their outfield bats.
Whether taking on Bradley's tumultuous personality is certainly open for debate, but there is no question that the Mets need Bradley-like production. His career batting line of .271/.354/.430 is good but not great, but if we just consider his performance since becoming a full-time player in 2003 his line looks like .287/.377/.459. That would look might fine batting sixth for the Mets.
You can be sure that Omar will be on the phone will Billy Beane posthaste, testing the waters and seeing if he can land Bradley for fifty cents on the dollar. In the meantime, check out this priceless injury probability chart, used to predict Bradley's health for the remainder of the season.