The Washington Times - January 5, 2009, 10:32PM

Milton Bradley, who reportedly was being targeted by the Washington Nationals, has signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the Chicago Cubs, chosing to be a teammate instead of an inmate.

It is beyond comprehension the Nationals would have been pursuing Bradley, who has a long history of volatile and troublesome behavior, to add to their Boys Town roster of Elijah Dukes, Dmitri Young and newly acquired pitcher Scott Olson. When you consider the two catchers they signed last winter — steroid poster child Paul LoDuca and general malcontent Johnny Estrada — it really is as if general manager Jim Bowden is running some kind of rehab unit instead of a baseball team. And if Sammy Sosa had taken Bowden up on his offer, he would have been in a Nationals uniform as well.


You can take in a guy like Milton Bradley when he is one piece of the puzzle to be blended in with a solid clubhouse of established leaders. But when you are trying to add a guy like Bradley to a roster like the Nationals, you are putting together a motorcycle gang.


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