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The Akron Beacon Journal wrote: According to a Tribe operative, it was manager Eric Wedge who insisted that Milton Bradley be traded, although the front office didn't need much convincing. Wedge let Bradley sit out several exhibition games, work in the batting cage and take spring at his own pace. He just asked the outfielder to hustle on the field. That started the blowup.
• Had Bradley simply apologized after he failed to run out a pop-up Wednesday, he might still be here. It was the confrontation with Wedge, followed by Bradley's decision to bolt in the middle of the game and spend $67 to take a cab back to his spring apartment.
• The front office and manager also saw how Alex Escobar and Coco Crisp hustled all spring and produced. Crisp actually led the team in RBI, and he was ticketed to the minors. The wealth of young outfielers -- Ryan Ludwick, Grady Sizemore, Jody Gerut, Crisp and Escobar made the decision to trade Bradley easier.
• So did Bradley's injury history. Four trips to the disabled list in two years, missing 120 games. Of course, Bradley is only 25, enormously talented and very driven. He could go somewhere and become a star just as easily as he could self-destruct and/or get hurt. No one can be sure what Bradley will do.
• The Indians believe that a year from now, Sizemore could be their best outfielder. Even if they trade Matt Lawton, they think with Crisp, Escobar, Sizemore, Gerut and Ludwick, they'll have an excellent outfield.
EK711 wrote:Who knows ensanimal, maybe others will pop in and decide to toss somebody up here as well.
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