12/18 Milton Bradley & Matt Capps

Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in about two months, and Milton Bradley is still with the Cubs. FOX Sports reports the Rays, Rangers and Mariners are still interested in Bradley but no deal is close. The Cubs and Rays have been talking about swapping Bradley for Pat Burrell, but Tampa Bay wants GM Jim Hendry to agree to pick up a large part of the second year of Bradley’s contract. The Rangers are a longshot. Bradley’s time in Texas didn’t end on good terms. The M’s could be hesitant to take on a controversial player like Bradley. They recently added Chone Figgins and Cliff Lee.

The sticking point, as we’ve reported before, is the $21 million Bradley is owed over the next two years. The Cubs don’t want to pay any of that, and they don’t want to release the volatile outfielder.

Matt Capps could have a new team by Christmas. The free agent closer apparently plans on picking five or six teams as finalists by the weekend, then making a decision as to where he wants to pitch. Capps, who was not tendered arbitration by the Pirates, has been approached by several teams, including the Cubs. He’d like to close, but Capps’ agent Paul Kinzer told FOX Sports that he’d accept a set-up role with a contender. Besides the Cubs, the Diamondbacks, Orioles, Rangers, Rockes, Marlins, Nationals, Mets, Tigers and Yankees are interested in the right-hander.

Capps, 26, had 27 saves this season with the Pirates, appearing in 57 games. He walked 17 and struck out 46 over 54 1/3 innings.

– Carrie Muskat

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Jim Hendry to agree to pick up a large part of the second year of Bradley’s contract.
Bradley’s time in Texas didn’t end on good terms.
The M’s could be hesitant to take on a controversial player like Bradley.
Looks like the proverbial handwriting is on the wall….

Of course the more publicity this story gets referring to the difficulty of trading Bradley the chances of Hendry looking like a genious GM when he does eventually trade Bradley for…Freddie “Boom Boom” Bynum…

Cubs, the Diamondbacks, Orioles, Rangers, Rock(i)es, (ha! gotcha Carrie!) Marlins, Nationals, Mets, Tigers and Yankees are interested in the right-hander…hmmm which of those are real contenders?

Bradley as a player is better than Byrd. I do not see throwing away 20 million dollars. Keep the guy. Maybe he will get his head on straight. In any event we only have two years to deal with him. As he will be playing for a new contract I can see him putting in max effort and be better than anyone we can afford to sign. Sometimes the trade you do not make is the best trade of all. Yes, he was a head case last year but that does not make him a head case this year. He has a history of being able to hit and a good reason to put up some good numbers to get out of Chicago or get a new contract from another team. If he goes crazy so be it but I do not think he will and I think the players will accept him back. He knows the Cubs did their best to accommodate him and move him.

Bradley’s history of hitting is equal to his history of being a headcase. I’m not advocating signing Byrd but if the Cubs do that and dump Bradley and Byrd winds up costing “us” more than the open market because of the money “we” have to eat from Bradley’s horrendous contract then so be it. At least Byrd would be filling a needed position for once instead of Hendry obtaining yet another right fileder when we had Fukodome all along FOR RIGHT FIELD. Byrd on the Cubs makes more sense than Bradley on the Cubs considering none of us fans are shelling out cash for either one, but neither on the Cubs makes the most sense with 2010 being an “audition” year for some of the Cubs’ minor league outfiled talent. Expectations are lower this year anyway, it’s Lou’s last year and Sandberg can see how some of his AAA or AA players fare in the big leagues for when he takes over for Lou in 2011.

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