Because the Padres didn’t offer Bradley arbitration, they won’t receive a compensatory draft pick. (We didn’t re-sign Bradley, and all we got was this lousy T-shirt.)
Congrats to the Rangers, who have made the bargain signing of the winter. Bradley comes with considerable baggage, but he is a difference maker in the lineup, the likes of which the Padres hadn’t seen since the days of Ken Caminiti, Tony Gwynn, and Greg Vaughn in ’96, ’97, and ’98, respectively.
Here’s hoping for better news on the Kosuke Fukudome front. The Cubs seem to be the front-runners for his services, but as Bradley and the Rangers have reminded us yet again, it ain’t over till it’s over…
[Thanks to reader Marsh for the tip.]