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Bradley moves frees cash to spend on needs

12/18/2009

According to Major League Baseball sources close to the situation, the Chicago Cubs traded Milton Bradley to the Seattle Mariners for pitcher Carlos Silva and cash. At this time, it's not known how much money the Cubs will receive in return. However, sources say there will be some excess funds for the Cubs to use for other offseason needs.

Bradley had an underachieving season with the Cubs after signing a three-year, $30 million contract in January. Silva, has been a washout so far for Seattle, who signed the right-handed pitcher to a four-year, $48 million contract before the 2008 season. Silva was a horrendous 4-15 in 2008 and pitched only 30 innings in 2009 because of a shoulder injury.

The Cubs have seen medicals on Silva and have watched him pitch in Venezuela over the past week to 10 days. The deal will now free up some extra money for Cubs general manager Jim Hendry to add players for next season. The Cubs covet former Texas Rangers center fielder Marlon Byrd and right-handed reliever Matt Capps, who was recently non-tendered by Pittsburgh. Both players are free agents.