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.
Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun had three more years of arbitration eligibility left, but he and the Angels decided to settle that future business at once on Wednesday, agreeing to a three-year extension worth $26 million, per SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo. The contract also includes a $14 million club option for the 2020 season.
Calhoun, 29, has been a dependable right fielder for the Angels over the last three seasons, batting an aggregate .266/.327/.436 with 61 home runs and 216 RBI in 1,895 plate appearances. According to FanGraphs, Calhoun has been the ninth-most valuable right fielder in baseball since the start of the 2014 season with 11.4 Wins Above Replacement. He ranks slightly behind Giancarlo Stanton (11.9) and just ahead of J.D. Martinez (10.9).
The Angels only have a handful of players signed beyond the 2017 season — just Albert Pujols, Mike Trout, Andrelton Simmons, and Calhoun. The club has options on Ricky Nolasco and Huston Street, while many others will be eligible for arbitration.
Nothing is happening as the baseball world waits four more hours for the Hall of Fame announcement. Question: why do it at 6pm? For MLB Network ratings? Let’s be real, there are “Golden Girls” reruns on third-tier basic cable that are gonna draw a bigger audience. Why not announce it now so people can get on with their lives? Oh well.
As we wait, let’s take a look in at Twitter, where Jim Bowden of ESPN passes along the rumor that the Washington Nationals are still interested in signing Matt Wieters and Greg Holland:
Great to know that the Nats’ baseball operations budget is dictated by its capital expenditures. Maybe they shoulda been smart like the Braves and suckered — er, I mean negotiated the local government to pay more for it? GO BRAVES!
Anyway, Bryce Harper had a response to that:
I take that to mean that he’d take the money used to construct the team store and give to Wieters and Holland. I haven’t seen the budget breakdown for the new spring training facility, but that would probably mean a major pay cut for Wieters and Holland. And where would we buy our “Make Baseball Great Again” caps? Think ahead, Bryce. Play the long game here.