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Chicago Cubs trade outfielder Milton Bradley to Seattle Mariners for pitcher Carlos Silva

SEATTLE — The Cubs and Mariners traded headaches Friday, with outfielder Milton Bradley heading to Seattle for underperforming pitcher Carlos Silva.

Cubs general manager Jim Hendry had been trying to deal Bradley since the team suspended him for the final two weeks of last season, shortly after he criticized the atmosphere around the club.

"I'm ready to move forward and not make any statements about Chicago. I'm a Seattle Mariner," Bradley said.

Bradley, 31, had signed a $30 million, three-year deal with the Cubs last offseason. Silva, 30, was 5-18 with a 6.81 ERA in two seasons with Seattle after leaving Minnesota to sign a $48 million, four-year deal.

The Rays had been interested in Bradley in a swap for disappointing DH Pat Burrell but were not willing to take on much of the $13-million Bradley is owed in 2011. Both make $9-million in 2010, which is the last year of Burrell's deal.

Chicago gets $9 million from Seattle as part of the swap — Silva has $25 million left on his deal and Bradley $22 million on his.

More Mariners: Outfielder Ryan Langerhans agreed to a $525,000, one-year deal.

Rays reach two minor-league deals

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays added two more experienced players to their spring training invite list, signing first baseman Ryan Shealy and utility infielder Joe Dillon to minor-league deals.

Shealy, 30, is a former Gator who has a .271 average and 19 homers in 164 games in parts of four seasons with the Royals and Rockies, missing most of 2009 with a knee injury.

Dillon, 34, played in 15 games for the Rays last season and also spent time at Triple-A Durham. He has a .263 average over parts of four seasons with the Marlins, Brewers and Rays.

Yankees Moves: Nick Johnson reached preliminary agreement on a $5.5 million, one-year deal that might end Johnny Damon's time in New York. Damon, 36, became a free agent after completing a $52 million, four-year contract. Damon was seeking a three-year deal but lowered the years to two Thursday. New York was prepared to go no higher than $18 million to $20 million over two seasons. "The Yankees made us an offer (Thursday) at 4 o'clock, and we responded at 4:30, and they told us that Johnny just didn't fit in their budget," agent Scott Boras said. Johnson, 31, likely will replace Hideki Matsui at DH, and Melky Cabrera appears likely to take over in left for Damon.

Marlins: Right-hander Ricky Nolasco agreed to a one-year, $3.8 million deal.

Phillies: The team exercised its $8.5 million club option for 2011 on shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

Pirates: Left-handed pitcher Javier Lopez agreed to a one-year, $775,000 deal.

Times staff writer Marc Topkin contributed to this report.

Chicago Cubs trade outfielder Milton Bradley to Seattle Mariners for pitcher Carlos Silva 12/18/09 [Last modified: Friday, December 18, 2009 10:03pm]
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