Jon Heyman suggests (half-jokingly) on his twitter that the Mets and Cubs may look into swapping Oliver Perez and Milton Bradley; two under-performing headcases with large contracts.
Bradley’s season ended yesterday, not due to injury, but due to a suspension made by the team because of his recent behavior. The catalyst for this took place Saturday during an interview with the Daily Herald. When asked if he’s enjoyed his first season with the Cubs, Bradley was quoted as saying “Not really, it’s just not a positive environment. I need a stable, healthy, enjoyable environment. There’s too many people everywhere in your face with a microphone asking the same questions repeatedly. Everyone is just bashing you. You go out there and play harder than anybody on the field and never get credit for it. It’s just negativity. And you understand why they haven’t won in 100 years here, because it’s negative. It’s what it is.” Okay, as a Mets fan, that’s HILARIOUS, but imagine if he said something like that about the Mets while playing for the team? The guy’s a nutjob, and couldn’t handle the media and fan pressure in Chicago – how would he handle New York? Bradley, 31, has a very mediocre line of .257/.378/.397 this season, with the batting average and slugging both significantly below his career averages (Milton had a .999 OPS in 2008 – which is fantastic).
Ollie’s scarecrow-complex (if he only had a brain) has affected his play much more than his mouth. In 14 starts this season, Perez racked up a 6.82 earned run average with a 1.92 WHIP before cutting his season short for surgery.
Let’s talk contracts, because they’re very comparable. Oliver Perez is due $12 million in 2010 and $12 million in 2011. Milton Bradley is set to make $9 million in 2009 and $12 million in 2010, however Bradley has incentives that could add up to around $1 million each remaining season. So a straight-up swap would work, salary-wise.
I wouldn’t make this trade. If you look at the numbers, it makes sense, but when you talk about a team with as many recent embarrassments as the Mets, is Milton Bradley really the right player to bring into the mix? He makes Lastings Milledge look like a saint.Â I’m not ready to deal with another media frenzy just yet, and the Wilpons probably aren’t ready for that either. I could be myopic though, as Ollie’s potentially dead-weight on the team, and Bradley could be a solid left-fielder for the next two seasons.
But what do you guys think? Could this be the first step in creating a winning team in 2010?