Monday, May 9, 2011

MARINERS: M's cut ties with Milton Bradley

The disappointing, sad tenure of Milton Bradley with the Mariners has finally ended after a sequence of embarrassing events that occurred over the weekend.

"We just felt that Milton was not part of our future and he is not part of our present," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said in a conference call with reporters on Monday.

Bradley, along with Ryan Langerhans were designated for assignment today, which basically means the Mariners have 10 days to trade, release or outright Bradley's contract. Chances are, he won't be back.

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Bradley has been the definition of an "epic fail" in his brief time in Seattle. He missed multiple games last year with thoughts of suicide - requiring him to take anger management counseling - and injures.

He got arrested on a DUI charge in Los Angeles during the offseason, and his wife also filed for a divorce after claiming that Milton abused her.

This weekend was perhaps the final straw for the Mariners. Bradley committed a few bonehead errors, got ejected, and not catching catchable balls in the outfield.

In the case of Langerhans, who could clear waivers and be kept in AAA by the team, Zduriencik said his defense and flexibility were a bonus but that the team simply needs more offensive production. Can't argue with Jackie Z here, as Langerhans was hitting a paltry .173.

To replace these two veterans, the Mariners decided to bring up outfielders Mike Wilson and Carlos Peguero.

The right-handed Wilson move comes as no surprise, since Wilson is one of the hottest-hitting Rainiers at the moment -- hitting .381 with an 1.112 on-base-plus-slugging percentage -- and the M's are in desperate need of some outfield relief and balance to their lineup.

The left-handed Peguero has been in the minor league system since 2006, and has steadily improved his numbers since rookie ball.

More on those two later.

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