Dodgers trade for Milton Bradley

The Dodgers acquired troubled outfielder Milton Bradley from the Cleveland Indians on for a minor leaguer and a player to be named. Cleveland received outfielder Franklin Gutierrez, 21, the Dodgers' minor league player of the year last season, when he hit .282 with 20 homers and 68 RBI for Class-A Vero Beach.

Bradley was expected to start in the Indians' outfield and bat cleanup this season. But the 25-year-old outfielder, who has a troubled history on and off the field, will play in Los Angeles instead.

Bradley, 25, batted .321 in 101 games last season, with 34 doubles, 10 home runs, 17 stolen bases and a .421 on-base percentage. He is signed for $1.73 million this season. The Indians had planned to use the switch-hitter in the cleanup spot.

Bradley was removed from a game against Houston recently for not running hard on a second-inning popup that dropped for a single. He was taken out in the third and engaged in a dugout argument with Manager Eric Wedge. The Indians ordered Bradley not to report back to camp, and Cleveland General Manager Mark Shapiro declared he would trade him as soon as possible.

The remarkably talented Bradley comes to the Dodgers with a load of personal baggage.

Bradley, who grew up in Los Angeles, received a three-day jail sentence in February, after failing to pull over when ordered by Ohio police last year. He also threw his helmet and bat toward an umpire last year and had on-field run-ins with Dodger catcher Paul Lo Duca and Yankee first baseman Jason Giambi.

Bradley spent the winter in Cleveland working out and arrived in camp in great shape, promising to have a better attitude. The Indians seemed relieved by his turnaround.

Bradley signed a $1.73 million, one-year contract in November with the Indians, who were counting on him to be a productive everyday player. He was having a solid 2003 season before hurting his back and missing the final six weeks.