Little movement on Bradley deal during day one

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ESPN’s Jayson Stark says that three-team trade talks that would have sent Pat Burrell to the Mets are dead, but that Milton Bradley still might head to Tampa Bay.
The Rays seem to have far more interest in Bradley than any other team, yet there’s no way that they’d do a deal without moving Burrell first or at the same time.
Bradley’s contract remains the biggest obstacle here. Both he and Burrell will make $9 million next year, but while that’s the last year of Burrell’s deal, Bradley is set to make another $12 million in 2011.
There also is a clear need for a third team in talks. The Cubs have no interest in adding Burrell to their lineup, and it doesn’t appear as though anyone considers him to be a legitimate option in left field.
Bradley to Tampa Bay, Burrell to Seattle and Carlos Silva to Chicago is one deal that would make some sense, but that’s just something I’m making up. Something will be worked out eventually, but it’s become more likely that Bradley will remain a Cub through the end of the week, which might result in GM Jim Hendry missing out on some of his top choices to take over in center field (Curtis Granderson, Mike Cameron).

David Phelps to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.

Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.

As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.