Who would have thought that Milton Bradley would have teams calling the Cubs. Bradley who has tons of bagage has the Padres, Giants, Rangers, Rays and Mets intrested in him. The Cubs are said to be confident they can deal Bradley without paying the majority of this 2 years 21 million left on his contract. Bradley can be either traded for a bad contract or the Cubs could pay more of his contract to get a better player.
Here are some players the Cubs could target if they deal Bradley to one of the teams above.
minor leaguers- The Padres do have Adrian Gonzalez but the Cubs already have a first baseman and do not want to overpay for Adrian so they would have to deal with receiving some minor league players.
Aaron Rowand- He is owed 36 million over the next 3 seasons but if the Giants pay the difference or take on Miles contract I can see a deal getting done here. Rowand is a personal favorite of mine and would really look good in CF for the Cubs.
Edgar Renteria- Him and Lilly do not get along but the money basically a push. Not likely for the Cubs.
Jonathan Sanchez- The Cubs would have to put in some money to get this done but it is still a possibility.
Rangers- Not likely to happen, not that interested.
Kevin Millwood- Owed 12 million next season. Would love him in the rotation for the Cubs. The Cubs would have to pay over half Milton's contract to get this done.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia- Rangers not to impressed and have picked Teagarden and Rodriguez over him. Him and Soto behind the plate would be nice next season.
Rays- Matches up the best
Pat Burrell- Have had issues with some players on the Rays. Owed 9 million next season.
Carl Crawford- It will take a lot more to land Crawford than just Bradley.
Akinori Iwamura- If his 4.25 million dollar option is picked up this could be a big peice for the Cubs next season.
Willy Aybar- Again would have to kick in more money to get it done.
BJ Upton- Being shopped and will take more than Bradley to get him.
Oliver Perez- Enough said.
Here are some other players I came up with for the Cubs to look into.
Gary Matthews Jr.- Same pay, no way the Angels say no.
Eric Byrnes- Who would say no?
Juan Pierre- I would do this in a second but I do not think the Dodgers would without more incentive
Carlos Guillen- That would be interesting.
Dontrelle Willis- A headcase but would like him over Oliver Perez
Nate Robertson- Another lefty possibility.
I give the Cubs a 90% chance they deal Bradley. I think the Giants, Rays, and Padres are the most likely of landing places.