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'Honest and loyal,' Bradley moves on to his 8th team
By Bruce Miles | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 12/18/2009 5:29 PM

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It sounded like the same old unrepentant Milton Bradley Friday.

During a conference call with reporters from both Seattle and Chicago, Bradley expressed little interest in talking about his tumultuous one season with the Cubs.

Bradley's time as a Cub officially ended Friday, when he was traded to the Seattle Mariners for pitcher Carlos Silva and cash.

"I just look forward to playing baseball again in a positive environment, good atmosphere, good group of guys," Bradley said in a quiet, monotone voice. "It should be fun."

It certainly wasn't much fun for Bradley or anyone around him in 2009. He signed a three-year, $30 million free-agent contract last January to come to Chicago from Texas. After several bouts with controversy, Bradley found himself suspended for the rest of the season on Sept. 20 for "conduct detrimental to the team" after he made comments to the Daily Herald critical of the Cubs and Chicago.

"You know, I've already moved forward," he said. "I made a statement about Chicago (in September). I'm a Seattle Mariner. Chicago's a thing of the past. I'm not interested in rehashing old news."

Earlier Friday, Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said he bore full responsibility for Bradley not working out. Bradley was asked if he did the same.

"That's Jim's opinion," Bradley said. "Like I said earlier, I have no interest in speaking about Chicago or speaking to (a Chicago reporter) or anything further. I'm a Seattle Mariner. I've moved on. I wish you would move on. I wish the Chicago Cubs organization the best."

The Mariners will be Bradley's eighth team in 10 years. He's had run-ins with fans and various baseball people and media members throughout his career. He was asked how he felt he was perceived.

"For me, and anybody who's been on the inside looking out, you understand how it works and the media works and how you're promoted, and you have to have a bad guy and you have to have a good guy," he said. "That's the way it is. I'm portrayed however I am. It adds to the mystique, I guess.

"I'm the most simple basic player going. ... I'll observe first before speaking out. I won't open up until I really know people. I'm honest and loyal, and I love to compete, and I love to win. It's just pretty simple, you know. Just treat me like a man, respect me for an individual and the person I am and you won't have a problem."