The Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rogers thinks that there’s only one thing to do with Milton Bradley:
My recommendation: Release him . . . As of Wednesday, when Bradley declared he roots for nine-inning games
because he can’t wait to get home, Hendry no longer can cross his
fingers and hope Bradley becomes the player he pictured he would be in
right field at Wrigley Field. He has to do something to get him off the roster, the sooner the better.
I agree with the idea of getting rid of Bradley. He’s turned into an unmitigated disaster in Chicago. I disagree, however, that the Cubs should simply release him. Rogers’ view of this is informed by the idea that the only way to trade Bradley would be to take on one of the games’ truly bad contracts in return like Aaron Rowand or somebody’s. Wouldn’t it be possible, however, for the Cubs to simply offer to eat a large portion of the $21 million owed to Bradley and try to get at least something in return? Even a low level prospect is better than nothing, right?
Maybe I’m just dreaming, though. While it looked for a few brief shining moments in 2008 that Bradley had turned the corner on his old rep and had matured, it’s possible that he has burnt so many bridges at this point that no one would want him at even the lowest of prices.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Phillies signed pitcher Henderson Alvarez to a minor league deal. If he is added to the major league roster, he’ll earn $750,000 prorated.
Alvarez is still only 27 years old but hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2015 due to shoulder issues. He signed with the Long Island Ducks last month, making seven starts and posting a 3.94 ERA with a 13/14 K/BB ratio in 32 innings.
The Phillies learned that Vince Velasquez will undergo season-ending surgery and also placed Zach Eflin on the 10-day disabled list, so the club is just looking for pitching depth to help take them through the end of the season. Any innings that Alvarez is able to handle will be considered a bonus.
Mets third baseman David Wright will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A St. Lucie. He’ll be the DH.
Wright has been sidelined since May of 2016, first with a cervical disc herniation and, more recently, a shoulder impingement. He has appeared in just 75 games since his last full season in 2014. Wright is under contract through 2020 and is owed $47 million after this year. For now insurance is picking up a large portion of that.
It’s possible he’ll make a return to the Mets before the season out as the competitive portion of their year is basically over and giving him a chance to see big league pitching before he begins what one hopes is a normal offseason might be a good confidence boost. What meaningful role he ever plays in the big leagues again, however, is decidedly up in the air.