While Bradley certainly underperformed and didn't make many friends in Chicago, he was just one of several problems. Alfonso Soriano, he of the eight year, $136 million contract boasted an 84 OPS+ in his age 33 season. Aramis Ramirez played only 82 games after suffering a dislocated shoulder in May. Geovany Soto fell off a cliff after his stellar rookie season with a 79 OPS+. Mike Fontenot made everyone pine for Mark DeRosa. If not for a great year by Derrek Lee and a nice bounce back from Kosuke Fukudome, the offense would've been even worse. Things were better on the pitching end, though Ted Lilly got hurt, Rich Harden, in a shocking turn of events, got hurt and wasn't as ace-like as expected when he was healthy. Kevin Gregg blew up in the closer role, Jeff Samardzija stank, and Aaron Heilman was Aaron Heilman. But yes, we're supposed to believe all of that was Bradley's fault.
With a new owner in the fold, perhaps there's hope that the lovable losers might finally get that long-sought World Series Championship. But it probably won't be this year, if Jim Hendry's "awesome" winter is any indication. Let's review, shall we?
OF Marlon Byrd (3/$15 million)
LHP John Grabow (re-signed for 2/$7.5 million)
RHP Carlos Silva (acquired from Seattle)
OF Xavier Nady (1/$3.3 million)
INF Jeff Baker (acquired from Colorado)
INF/OF Kevin Millar (minor league deal)
INF Chad Tracy (minor league deal)
INF Aaron Miles (traded to Oakland)
INF/OF Jake Fox (traded to Oakland)
OF Milton Bradley (traded to Seattle)
RHP Aaron Heilman (traded to Arizona)
RHP Rich Harden (free agency; signed with Texas)
RHP Kevin Gregg (free agency; signed with Toronto)
When your biggest move of the offseason involves trading for Carlos Silva, you can't expect to have good feelings about the coming year.
Watch this space for further news and roster breakdown!
Edited by MidnightC, 04 March 2010 - 02:53 PM.