Slumping Milton Bradley cut by Mariners

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SEATTLE (AP) - Slumping Milton Bradley was cut by the Seattle
Mariners on Monday, leaving the temperamental outfielder again
looking for a new job.
The Mariners designated Bradley for assignment, giving them 10
days to trade, release or send him to the minors. He was making $12
million this season.
"The situation with Milton is that we determined he's not part
of our future and not part of our present," Mariners general
manager Jack Zduriencik said.
The 33-year-old Bradley hit .218 with two homers and 13 RBIs in
28 games. He was suspended for one game last week for bumping an
umpire, ejected Friday for arguing a called third strike and booed
by home fans over the weekend for the perception he was dogging on
defense.
"It was not a particular incident," Zduriencik said. "It's
just an issue with our evaluations of where we are and where we are
going, and our estimates were that he did not fit. That's why the
decision was made."
Asked if Bradley had a negative impact on the clubhouse,
Zduriencik said: "That's hard to say. I don't know that. I think
it gets down more to what we're trying to accomplish and where
we're headed."
Bradley is a career .271 hitter with 125 home runs since
starting with Montreal in 2000. He has played for eight teams in
the majors, including five clubs in the last five seasons.
The Mariners also cut utilityman Ryan Langerhans. He hit .171
with three home runs and six RBIs in 19 games.
Seattle called up outfielders Carlos Peguero and Mike Wilson
from Triple-A Tacoma. Peguero played five games for the Mariners
last month and Wilson will be making his big league debut.
Bradley got two hits Sunday in the Mariners' 10-inning loss to
the Chicago White Sox. The defeat left Seattle at 16-19.
Bradley came to Seattle on Dec. 18, 2009, from the Chicago Cubs
for pitcher Carlos Silva. Bradley publicly blamed Chicago's fans
and media for running him out of town.
The former All-Star hit .205 with eight home runs and 29 RBIs in
73 games for the Mariners last year. He was sidelined for the
season on Aug. 17 because of knee surgery.
Bradley missed time in midseason to undergo counseling after
asking the club to help him deal with personal matters. He is
finishing up a $30 million, three-year contract this season.
Zduriencik said he didn't necessarily regard the trade as a
failure, especially since the Cubs released the high-priced Silva
this spring.
"It was a situation where we looked the clubs' needs," he
said. "It was a situation where we did not think Carlos was part
of our future and obviously in Chicago (Milton) was not part of
their future. We basically traded contract for contract and hoped
it worked out for both clubs.
"We were in pursuit of bat and really hoped it worked out. At
one time he was a very productive player," he added. "Do I think
he can help a team? I think he can and hope he gets that
opportunity."
As for Langerhans, "we liked his defense and the fact he plays
multiple positions," Zduriencik said. "But at the end of the day
we needed a little more production."
Peguero and Wilson will join the Mariners on Tuesday in
Baltimore.
The 24-year-old Peguero was recalled by Seattle on April 19 when
Justin Smoak was put on the bereavement list. He made three starts
in left field and hit .182. Peguero was hitting .282 with four home
runs and 13 RBIs at Tacoma.
The 27-year-old Wilson was the Mariners' second-round pick in
the June 2001 draft. He was hitting .381 with four homers and 14
RBIs at Tacoma.
"Wilson has been here a long time. He has had the opportunity
to leave because of different scenarios," Zduriencik said. "But
he likes this organization. He has terrific power. He's had a nice
start down there. He's a hard worker, he's paid his dues and he's
got power from the right side. It's the right place at the right
time for Michael."