Milton Bradley was a talented baseball player. He hit for power, played great defense, and was a swift base runner. By 2009, he had played for 9 seasons with six different teams. However, he had several incidents involving his temper. In 2008, he made the All-Star team playing for the Rangers.
In 2009, the Cubs signed him to a 3 year $30 million contract. In his first season with the Cubs, he started the season with a 2-game suspension for arguing with an umpire. In another game, after catching a fly ball with runners on base and one out, he threw the ball into the stands thinking there were two outs. It cost the Cubs a run. Later in the season, he was suspended by the manager for taking a baseball bat to a Gatorade cooler. Finally, in September the General Manager suspended him for the rest of the season for publicly criticizing the Cubs and calling them “a loser organization.”
One year, three suspensions, a .257 Average, 12 home runs, and 40 RBIs. Not surprisingly, he was traded after one season.
The Mariners employed Bradley for the last two years of the contract. In those seasons he only played 101 games and batting .205 and .218. He hit 10 home runs and 42 RBIs in those seasons. In the last year, he was released in May for poor play and a disruptive attitude. His playing days were over. It was a contract that both the Cubs and Mariners wished they never had signed.