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Indians trade Bradley to Los Angeles for minor leaguer

 

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer

April 4, 2004

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired troubled outfielder Milton Bradley from the Cleveland Indians on Sunday for a minor leaguer and a player to be named.

 

Bradley, the Indians' cleanup hitter, was barred from Cleveland's training camp Thursday, one day after he was pulled from an exhibition game by manager Eric Wedge for not running out a pop fly. He then was optioned to the minors.

 

Cleveland received outfielder Franklin Gutierrez, 21, the Dodgers' minor league player of the year last season, when he hit .282 with 20 homers and 68 RBIs for Class-A Vero Beach.

 

 

``It's disappointing it didn't work out here,'' Wedge said before Sunday's exhibition game against Philadelphia. ``We feel like we have to handle this thing appropriately and that's what we're trying to do.''

 

Bradley signed a $1.73 million, one-year contract in November with the Indians, who were counting on him to be a productive everyday player. He was having a solid 2003 season before hurting his back and missing the final six weeks.

 

Bradley was pulled from a game last season for not running out a ball and having a confrontation with Wedge in the dugout.

 

In addition to going on the disabled list four times in the past two seasons, Bradley has had other problems.

 

Last year, he had run-ins with Los Angeles catcher Paul Lo Duca and Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi. Bradley also threw his helmet and bat in the direction of plate umpire Bruce Froemming.

 

Bradley had baseball cards of Lo Duca and Giambi above his locker this spring.

 

In February, Bradley was sentenced to three days in jail for driving away from police after being stopped for speeding. In 2001, Bradley was taken to a hospital by emergency medical workers after refusing to leave a restaurant because he was drunk.

 

He seemed to turn the corner until Wednesday. Bradley was removed from a game against Houston for not running hard on a second-inning popup that dropped for a single.

 

BTW who perfectly predicted this move? :shifty

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now THIS is the question:

 

Do the dodgers turn around and move Roberts to another team or do they simply ditch that pathetic 1b platoon and put Green there full time?

 

discuss :p

I don't know what's your prediction Mr. Fearless Prognosticator? *predicts the Kosher Kid to be @ 1B with an OF consisting of Bradley LF Roberts CF and Juan Enc. RF*

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don't be so quick to say this was a good move

 

Franklin Guttierrez is their 3rd prospect, and best non-pitching prospect, a five tool player with a lot of power, and he could be great

 

That being said, they definitely needed some offensive help Right Now, and milton bradley could give it to them.

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Nice move by the Dodgers. I think they should put Green at 1st full time and that way they have Ventura off the bench and put him at 1B or 3B when a player needs rest.

 

CF- Roberts

C- LoDuca

1B- Green

LF- Bradley

RF- Encarnacion

3B- Beltre

SS- Izturis

2B- Cora

 

Thats how my lineup would look if I were Jim Tracy.

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i still think their offense is below average. i think if shawn green gets back to his old self and encarnacion has the same type season he has with the marlins they will be an average offense. but RIGHT NOW i still say they are in the bottom half

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