Monday Morning Manager…Milton Bradley
The Rangers refuse to rule out the possibility of Milton Bradley coming back to Texas.
Club officials aren’t expecting it to happen but it’s something club officials are definitely talking about as they try to figure out a way to repair an offense that scored 115 less runs in 2009 than in 2008.
A month ago, it seemed impossible that the Rangers would bring back Bradley. Now there seems some hemming and hawing.
The Rangers know that the Cubs are eager to unload Bradley, who has two years and $20 million left on his contract. They know there is a possibility the Cubs could pick up a sizable portion of that contract, a must if the Rangers are going to get involved.
The Rangers know that Bradley had a big impact on their lineup in 2008 when he hit .321 and set a club record with a .436 on-base percentage and a .563 slugging percentage. They know he’s the kind of hitter they need in their lineup and they remember how productive Josh Hamilton was with Bradley hitting behind him.
They also know that he only played in 124 games because of physical issues and his 414 at-bats were only the second highest of his career. They also know that Bradley is high-maintenance, even for manager Ron Washington.
But if the Rangers can get him cheaply…
The Rangers are interviewing four hitting coach candidates today: Rusty Greer, Gerald Perry, Thad Bosley and Clint Hurdle. Bet Bradley is a topic of discussion during the process. Perry worked with him in both Oakland and Chicago.
Makes you wonder how much that was a consideration…
Rounding up the usual questions while getting the blog going for the winter. Sorry October was slow but needed a little down time… We are up and running again
1. Would you want Milton Bradley back with the Rangers?
2. Do you think Rusty Greer would make a good hitting coach?
3. Which of the other three candidates stand out for you:
4. Are you surprised that the DFW market has one of the lowest TV ratings in the country when it comes to watching the World Series?
5. How do you think you’ll feel when you see Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez celebrating a World Series title?