In Chicago, they're talking about Pat Burrell and Milton Bradley
The idea of a Pat Burrell-for-Milton Bradley trade has been kicking around for a few weeks now, since the Cubs got so sick of Bradley's antics they send him home early to get him out of their clubhouse.
The Chicago Sun-Times suggests the Cubs want to move quickly to try to make a deal with the Rays, perhaps as soon as their new ownership takes over at the end of the month:
"Sources say the Cubs have been pushing the Tampa Bay Rays for a quick deal. The Rays were one of Bradley's top suitors last winter until the Cubs let the world know they had a three-year, $30 million offer on the table. The Rays loved Bradley's on-base magic and manager Joe Maddon is so self-assured -- to a fault -- he believed he could handle Bradley's unique personality as deftly as Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington did in 2008.''
There would be some major issues to be resolved for this to happen, of course, even if the Rays were willing to take on Bradley and his history of controversy, and that starts with the money. While both players have $9-million salaries for next season, Bradley is also signed for 2011, at $12-million, which the Rays would not want to take on and certainly ask the Cubs to do something about. And there's also the question of where the Cubs would play Burrell, who started only one game in the field for the Rays during the season.
But given how disappointing both players were this season, it's probably something they'll consider at least worth talking about.