L.A. Receives Outfielder for Bradley, Perez

General Manager Ned Colletti traded the trubled Milton Bradley on Tuesday, swaping the outfielder and infielder Antonio Perez to Oakland for top outfield prospect Andre Ethier. It was Colletti's first trade since taking over the position last month.

The 23-year-old Ethier was selected No. 2 by Oakland in the 2003 amateur draft and signed for $580,000 after finishing his Arizona State career hitting .371 (164-for-442) with 113 runs, 27 doubles, seven triples, 14 home runs and 118 RBI. He hit .363/.459/.538 as a sophomore and .377/.488/.573 as a junior.

The 6-3, 195-pound lefthanded throwing and hitting outfielder began his professional career with the Vancouver Canadians in the Single-A Northwest League and earned an early promotion to Kane County

Ethier broke out in 2005, winning the league's player-of-the-year award while finishing first in runs and third in batting. He was named the Texas League Player of the Year last season, and had a strong Arizona Fall League, hitting .366 with 21 RBI and a .495 on-base percentage over 23 games.

Bradley hit .290 with 13 homers and 38 RBI in 283 at-bats in 75 games with a .350 on-base average, missing extensive playing time because of a torn ligament in his right ring finger. He hit .267 with 19 homers and 67 RBI in 141 games for the Dodgers in 2004.

The 25-year-old Perez hit a career-high .297 with three homers and 23 RBI in 259 at-bats as a part-time infielder for the Dodgers last season. A natural second baseman, Perez never became comfortable at third base.

Perez was recently sidelined in the Dominican Winter League when he was hit in the face with a page and suffered a small fracture of his left cheekbone.

Bradley accused Jeff Kent of a lack of leadership and an inability to deal with African-American players on Aug. 23. The following day, Bradley learned he had sustained serious injuries to his left knee that required surgery and kept him out the rest of the season.

Bradley has had several issues with his temper. He was suspended for the final five games of the 2004 season when he slammed a plastic bottle at the feet of a fan in the box seats in the right field corner at Dodger Stadium after someone threw it on the field. Nobody was injured.

General manager Ned Colletti believed he had no choice but to trade Bradley, that a reconciliation with Kent wasn't possible.

"I went into it with the idea of trying to keep him a Dodger," Colletti told the Associated Press. "It was clearer and clearer there was no way to make this thing work. I got no glimmer at all that it could work."

Colletti said he was looking for a way to mediate. "I was looking for a way to keep Bradley. At every turn, I just got stopped. I got it from a lot of different places including inside the clubhouse, outside the clubhouse, people who have known him very well and have known him for a long time."

Colletti feels Ethier has a chance to be "a very good everyday player in the big leagues" as a corner outfielder, but he will begin 2006 in Triple-A and he could arrive Los Angeles sometime next season or in 2007.

"The scouts were very positive on him," Colletti said. "We had asked about him a while back. There was no way they were going to move him."

Scouts project the muscular Ethier to possibly hit 20-30 home runs. He's an above-average defensive outfielder and gets good reads on balls. He has enough arm for right field, but managers were divided over left or right as his best long-term position.

"Andre has the potential to be a major league No. 3 hitter if he can see himself as a line-drive hitter with power, as opposed to a power hitter who hits line drives.

"When he is on, he's a run-producing machine in both driving them in and scoring them. When trying to hit line drives and not overswinging, he sees the ball well and will take the walks which produce the runs," Midland manager Von Hayes said. "He gets into trouble when he starts trying to hit home runs."

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