The Cubs have apparently found their left-handed bat for the middle of the order.
Switch-hitter Milton Bradley is expected in Chicago later this week to undergo a physical, and if all goes well, will sign a three-year, $30 million contract with the Cubs. Bradley, 30, led the American League in on-base percentage last year while batting .321 with 22 homers for Texas.
The Cubs have been searching for a way to break up the overload of right-handed hitters in Alfonso Soriano, Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez and Geovany Soto, and on New Year's Eve, dealt another right-handed hitter, Mark DeRosa, to the Indians.
With the addition of two switch-hitters in Bradley and Aaron Miles, acquired last week, plus lefty bats Kosuke Fukudome, Joey Gathright and Mike Fontenot, the Cubs appear to have the potential for a much more balanced lineup in '09.
Er, doesn't Fukudome have to actually connect the bat to the ball to be deemed a lefty?
This will be Bradley's seventh team and fifth in the past five seasons. He can be a force on the field but also has had run-ins with managers and fans in the past.
And this is goood, since the Cubs were looking to add instability and ego to the line-up...