Milton Bradley burned a lot of bridges in the city of Chicago, some private and others very public. Here’s one you probably haven’t heard about:
According to the Chicago Tribune, Bradley’s former landlord at a swanky Michigan Ave. condo complex is suing the major league outfielder for unpaid rent and damages to the unit. The condo owner wants Bradley to pay about $44,000 total. From the Tribune article:
[Pantelis] Kotsiopoulos, (the condo owner) alleged Bradley had caused $13,900 in damages to the condo
before he split. The suit contended he left red paint on white silk
draperies, water rings and wine stains on an ebony zebra wood credenza,
food and juice stains on a silk velvet ottoman, and a five-foot coffee
splattering on the master bedroom carpet.
Not only did he under-perform while in the Windy City, but he also left a mess! As you might have guessed, Milton is counter-suing, calling for $30,000 for untimely notification of damages and failure to return his security deposit. Fun.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.