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.
It’s extension season and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros — who already agreed to an extension with Alex Bregman — are discussing contract extensions with Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole.
Funny thing about Verlander, by the way: when he got his current $180 million deal, most people fell into the “oh, there’s an overpay!” column. What’s more, this past winter, when everyone was talking about how bad it is to give guys big long term deals, Verlander’s name was notably absent in the conversation despite the fact that his deal has turned out to be quite good. I suppose that says something about how good the anti-long-term deal folks are at cherrypicking.
That being said, Rosenthal says “it would be an upset” if either Verlander or Cole signed extensions. I can see that. Verlander is locked up this year and has a vesting option for 2020, and a lot can happen in a year or two. Cole is a Scott Boras client and Boras clients tend to hit the market rather than sign extensions. Perhaps their former teammate, Dallas Keuchel‘s, terrible experience on the free agent market this winter will alter that calculus. Hard to say.