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.
The Yankees appear to have moved on from free agent Manny Machado this winter, but could they be turning their attention to Rockies superstar Nolan Arenado? That’s the idea floated by Andy Martino of SNY, who hears that GM Brian Cashman has been involved in recent discussions concerning the third baseman. No official comments have been made to the press yet, though, and it’s not clear whether the Yankees would prefer to pursue Arenado prior to the 2019 season or partway through it.
The 27-year-old infielder earned his fourth consecutive All-Star nomination, Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove award in 2018 after slashing .297/.374/.561 with 38 home runs, a .935 OPS, and 5.7 fWAR across 673 plate appearances. There’s no question he’s provided immense value to Colorado’s lineup over the last half-decade, and his consistency and incredible power at the plate helped form the basis of the record $30 million arbitration figure he presented to the team last week. The Rockies countered at $24 million, however, and in doing so may have jeopardized their chances of convincing the infielder to forego free agency in 2020 and take a long-term deal instead.
Assuming he declines to negotiate an extension with the Rockies, Arenado’s decorated résumé and career-best 2018 numbers should attract plenty of interest around the league — a reality that could put considerable pressure on the Yankees (or any other interested party) to finesse a deal sooner rather than later. For now, the club is prepared to enter the 2019 season with hot-hitting third baseman Miguel Andújar, whom Martino speculates would be the “centerpiece” of any trade with Colorado.