Bradley could head to Mets

The Cleveland Indians, desperate to trade outfielder Milton Bradley after his latest hot-tempered transgression, may have a taker in the New York Mets.

According to GM Jim Duquette, the Mets are "definitely considering" a scenario in which they would acquire the 25-year-old switch-hitting outfielder. New York had planned to enter the season with a starting right field mix of Karim Garcia and Shane Spencer, but Bradley would represent a statistical upgrade over that platoon.

Bradley is a significant offensive talent – he hit .321 with 10 home runs and 56 RBI in 101 games for Cleveland last season – but has a long history as a clubhouse malcontent.

Bradley butted heads numerous times with manager Eric Wedge, doing so for the final time on Wednesday when he left the Indians after being chastised for not running out a fly ball.

Last season, Bradley was involved in skirmishes with the New York Yankees' Jason Giambi and the Dodgers' Paul Lo Duca. He also had a run-in with the law, leaving the scene of a traffic stop in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio in August, which led to a three-day jail sentence served in February.

Health has also been an issue for Bradley, who has landed on the disabled list four times in the last two seasons.

Cleveland signed Bradley to a one-year, $1.73 million contract in November, projecting him as the Indians' starting centerfielder and cleanup hitter. He struggled this spring, hitting just .216 (8-for-37) with no home runs and 4 RBI in 14 Grapefruit League games.

Indians GM Mark Shapiro – who has already completed one trade this spring with the Mets, sending infielder Ricky Gutierrez to New York for a player to be named – said that four or five teams have "legitimate and serious interest" in trading for Bradley; the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported that the Los Angeles Dodgers and Seattle Mariners are among those clubs.


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