I have seen a lot of hand wringing over this Milton Bradley to the M's business. Is $15M a year for Milton a better deal than $12M a year for Carlos Silva? Yes. But it is still $15M a year for Milton Bradley, who has NEVER LEFT A TEAM ON GOOD TERMS IN HIS ENTIRE LIFE. As much as we've all made of Lowell's veteranocity, whatever MB has in that category has to be counted as a negative on his total value.
But that's not the purpose of this thread. I would like to direct everyone to this article:
There simply aren't many teams still looking for DHs now that the Angels signed Matsui, the Yanks signed Johnson, the Orioles signed Atkins (and have Luke Scott) and the Mariners traded for MB (and have Griffey). So guys like Thome and Vlad and Glaus are no longer legitimately "looking for two year deals" or the "best fit". They are looking for jobs. Guaranteed major league paychecks. That's it. And we are one of the only teams that still can find a use for an offensive weapon with no defensive home. I know JD is averse to pure DHs. But if we are looking at Vlad for $4M or Thome for $2.5 (and even those numbers may be high at this point) then of course we take on a true DH.
And let's face it, there's a better than decent chance that Vlad gives us a lot more for $4M than MB gives the Mariners for $15M.
It looks like Jack Z may not be the only beneficiary of happenstance this offseason.