Back when Jim Hendry traded Milton Bradley for an overpaid and overweight Carlos Silva, it was met with mixed reviews. I went so far to say that Hendry got screwed.
Well, I will gladly eat crow on this one as this is looking like the best trade in Jim Hendry's history.
First off, Silva is outperforming Bradley on the field and its not even close. Silva has posted a 2-0 record with a 2.90 ERA compared to Bradley's meagher .214/.313/.371 batting line. Sure its early and a lot can happen over the course of a season, but I'll take it.
Second, Bradley is up to his old tricks. He has already missed some time with a calf injury and then yesterday, after being pulled from a game in the 6th inning, he pulled a "Sammy Sosa" and left the clubhouse in the middle of the game.
Finally, the Mariners, who many analysts praised for their offseason moves (including acquiring Bradley) and predicted them to contend for the AL West title, is sitting at 11-15 on the year (the Cubs are only 13-14, but no one expected much of them). Not all the blame for the poor record can fall on Bradley though, as there are many problems with that club, but his attitude certainly and hitting are certainly not helping matters.
So, kudos to Jim Hendry for finding someone to take Bradley off our hands and to get a rejuvinated pitcher in return. It may not be the Cubs equivalent of Brock for Broglio, but it does help ease the sting of last season.