Cubs deal Bradley to M's for righty Silva

BY Ken Rosenthal • December 18, 2009

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 Figgins.

Seattle's GM characterized Bradley's fire as a passion to win.

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 Cubs.

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 report.

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