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Dodgers bolster offense with acquisition of Bradley

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Dodgers bolster offense with acquisition of Bradley

Postby WebHamster » Mon Apr 05, 2004 2:00 am

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The Cleveland Indians traded mercurial outfielder Milton Bradley to the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor league prospect Franklin Gutierrez and a player to be named later.

The Indians had sent Bradley to Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday, two days after the veteran outfielder stormed out of the team's spring training camp. Bradley was pulled from a spring contest for not running out a fly ball, then left the team's complex before the game concluded.

The Dodgers, whose offense was the worst in the majors last season, should receive a much-needed boost from Bradley, who just signed a one-year contract in November and was one of Cleveland's most consistent performers at the plate last year before a lower back injury ended his season prematurely on August 9.

At the time of his injury, Bradley was third in the American League in batting with a .321 average, and also led the team in runs, walks, doubles, runs batted in, hits and stolen bases.

Bradley was also solid in center field with a .992 fielding percentage, sixth-best in the AL. He made just two errors in 253 total chances and added six assists.

Gutierrez was selected as the minor league player of the year last season for the Dodgers after performing well at both Class-A Vero Beach and Double-A Jacksonville.

The 21-year-old Gutierrez hit .282 with 20 homers and 68 RBI in 110 games for Vero Beach in the Florida State League. He then impressed with Jacksonville as well, batting .321 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 18 games.
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