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The 33-year-old Bradley hit .218 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 28 games. He was suspended for one game last week for bumping an umpire, ejected Friday for arguing a called third strike and booed by home fans over the weekend for the perception he was dogging on defense.
“It was not a particular incident,” Zduriencik said. “It’s just an issue with our evaluations of where we are and where we are going, and our estimates were that he did not fit. That’s why the decision was made.”
Bradley is a career .271 hitter with 125 home runs since starting with Montreal in 2000. He has played for eight teams in the majors, including five clubs in the last five seasons.
The former All-Star hit .205 with eight home runs and 29 RBIs in 73 games for the Mariners last year. He was sidelined for the season on Aug. 17 because of knee surgery.
Bradley missed time in midseason to undergo counseling after asking the club to help him deal with personal matters. He is finishing up a $30 million, three-year contract this season.
Zduriencik said he didn’t necessarily regard the trade as a failure, especially since the Cubs released the high-priced Silva this spring.
“It was a situation where we looked the clubs’ needs,” he said. “It was a situation where we did not think Carlos was part of our future and obviously in Chicago (Milton) was not part of their future. We basically traded contract for contract and hoped it worked out for both clubs.
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