Chicago Cubs adding OF Milton Bradley

by Keith Hernandez on January 5, 2009 @ 00:00:00 PDT

 


ESPNews reports the Chicago Cubs agreed to terms with free-agent outfielder Milton Bradley (Texas Rangers) on a three-year deal worth $30 million Monday, Jan. 5.

The acquisition of Bradley, a switch-hitter, fills the team's need for an outfielder who can hit left-handed and for some power. Bradley hit .321 with 22 home runs and 77 RBIs in 414 at-bats in 2008, serving primarily as the Rangers' designated hitter. He also led the American League with a .436 on-base percentage. He played just 20 games in the outfield last season, largely because he suffered a torn ACL at the conclusion of the 2007 campaign.

Bradley was also bothered by several nagging injuries last season, which caused him to miss extended periods of time. He has been plagued by injuries, only playing more than 100 games in a single season three times in his eight-year career. Bradley is expected to be 100 percent healthy in time for spring training and can be a potent weapon when healthy. The Cubs plan to spell him with Kosuke Fukudome to ensure that Bradley remains so.

Bradley remains a risk/reward fantasy player because of his potential for injury and sometimes troublesome temper. If he is healthy for the majority of 2009, he could prove to be a valuable outfield fantasy option while hitting in a potent Cubs offense. In mixed leagues, he's expected to come off the board in the middle rounds, with a high degree of variance. His perceived value may increase with this move.

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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