The Los Angeles Dodgers unloaded Milton Bradley yesterday, sending the switch-hitting outfielder to Oakland along with infielder Antonio Perez for minor league outfielder Andre Ethier, the Texas League Player of the Year.
Bradley, acquired by the Dodgers shortly before the 2004 season after he had a run-in with Cleveland manager Eric Wedge, feuded with teammate Jeff Kent last season. Bradley didn't play after accusing Kent of a lack of leadership and an inability to deal with African-American players Aug. 23. The following day, Bradley learned he had sustained serious injuries to his left knee that required surgery. It was made public later in August that police responded three times to Bradley's home in nearby Redondo Beach on domestic violence calls, but he wasn't arrested or charged.
Bradley, 27, hit .290 with 13 homers and 38 RBIs in 283 at-bats last season. He was limited to 75 games, missing extensive playing time because of an injured wrist.
A Nomar rumorNomar Garciaparra, Derek Jeter, and Alex Rodriguez in the same infield?
According to yesterday's New York Post, the Yankees are considering signing the 32-year-old Garciaparra to play first base.
That would bring together players who only a few years ago were universally considered the top three shortstops in the American League, Garciaparra for the Red Sox, Jeter for the Yankees, and Rodriguez for the Mariners and Rangers. These days, of course, Rodriguez plays third, having deferred to Jeter when he came to the Bronx, and if Garciaparra were to join the Yankees, he would be learning a new position.
New York general manager Brian Cashman and agent Arn Tellem would not confirm that an offer had been made, but several industry sources told the Post that one was.
The past two seasons have been tough ones for Garciaparra. In July 2004, the Red Sox traded the face of their franchise to the Cubs, and then went on to win the World Series.
Last season, a major groin injury limited Garciaparra to 62 games at short and third for Chicago. He batted .283 with nine homers and 30 RBIs.
If the Yankees sign Garciaparra, Jason Giambi may become a full-time designated hitter.