stumpak wrote:What a stupid deal. Bradley has a hell of a bat and I have always made hay with him as WW fantasy guy, but if there ever someone who screamed AL DH, it is Bradley. He would have enough trouble staying healthy just DHing, but asking him to play the field every day is ludicrous. Contract language to insulate against missed time is nice for future years, but counting on Bradley for 2009 is really rolling the dice.
Who is next for the Cubs, Baldelli?
The issue at hand is the need to win over the next few years and the lack of other good options currently available to help get that done. Abreu and Dunn don't fill the Cubs' needs in RF and if they can get some protection in the deal it becomes their only serious logical choice absent a trade.
If tehre's protection for the Cubs, it's a solid deal given the circumstances
How is Bradley better than Abreu or Dunn? To me it is a slam dunk for either of these guys over Bradley. Abreu will show up for 150 games, hit 20 HRs and bat at least .280. Sure Bradley will be a bit more productive on offense than Abreu when healthy, but he's never healthy. As for Dunn, he has a .900 career OPS vs. .827 for Bradley.
The real question is whether Dunn or Abreu is better than a composite of 60% Bradley/40% Crummy 4th OF, and Dunn or Abreu is probably better. Bradley has played in more than 101 games exactly once, and his career high is 141. He played only 160 innings in the OF last year, and still managed only 126 games. He is a tailor made DH. Abreu has NEVER played in less than 150 games and Dunn has only missed 150 once.
You also ignore Burrell, who apparently could have been had for less.