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Friday, June 26, 2009
Cubs' Bradley up to old tricks

Hey, at least they won the game: Leaving aside Bradley's contract -- he's still got $24 million coming, if he can somehow play 75 games this season -- there's one really good reason for the Cubs to tolerate his shenanigans: Sad as this may seem, they sort of need his "production."

Sure, his .746 OPS is terribly disappointing, but it's better than those of third baseman Mike Fontenot, catcher Geovany Soto, and left fielder Alfonso Soriano (who still has $100 million coming to him).

As good as it might feel to just release Bradley -- which might, by the way, save many millions of dollars -- the Cubs really can't do that unless they figure out who else is going to play right field and give them at least a modicum of production from that slot.

Considering all their other problems, I doubt if that's a high priority at the moment.