Cubs deal Bradley to M’s for righty Silva

The Cubs on Friday traded outfielder Milton Bradley to the Mariners

for right-handed pitcher Carlos Silva and cash.

The Cubs will receive a total of $9 million from Seattle,

according to a major-league source — $3 million in the first year

and $6 million spread out of over the two years. Bradley is owed

$22 million over the next two seasons, while Silva is owed $25

million over the same time period.

Chicago has been wanting to deal Bradley since the Cubs

suspended him for the final two weeks of last season, shortly after

he criticized the atmosphere surrounding a team that hasn’t won a

World Series since 1908.

Seattle, which has never even appeared in a World Series,

didn’t expect to find a suitor for Silva. He won just five games in

the first two years of his four-year, $48 million contract.

Second-year Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik, who

inherited Silva’s contract from predecessor Bill Bavasi, has been

seeking more offense following his acquisition of ace Cliff Lee in

a trade with Philadelphia and the signing All-Star infielder Chone


Seattle’s GM characterized Bradley’s fire as a passion to


The 31-year-old Bradley was an All-Star in 2008 as a

designated hitter with Texas. He led the AL in on-base percentage

while batting a career high-tying .321 during a relatively

event-free year. That was followed by a tumultuous season with the


Seattle believes clubhouse leader Ken Griffey Jr. and

newcomer Figgins will be able to rein in Bradley’s “passion” in a

way that is productive. The Mariners repeatedly have proclaimed

they want players of high character with good attitudes, citing

Figgins as the latest example on Tuesday.

They also wanted another bat.

“We have been looking to add offense to our club and in

Milton have a player who has always gotten on base and has the

ability to drive in runs,” Zduriencik said in a statement. “He is

passionate about winning, as we are, and we believe he’ll be a good

fit here.”

The 30-year-old Silva appeared in eight games for Seattle

this year while missing most of the season with a bad pitching

shoulder. He was a 1-3 with an 8.60 ERA.

Silva was 5-18 with a 6.81 ERA in two seasons with Seattle

after leaving Minnesota.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this