While the Rangers put up a good fight for the first few months of the 2008 season, in the end, they just didn't have the pitching to compete with the Los Angeles Angels out west. It sure wasn't the offense's fault, as the Rangers lineup did more than it's fair share of damage this season, and they currently lead the AL in runs (858), batting average (.281), slugging (.458) and OPS (.810).
Milton Bradley has been a big reason for this, as he's hitting .316 with 22 homers and 74 RBI. As is often the case for Bradley, he's going to be a free agent this winter. Just for once, though, Milton would like to sign a long-term deal somewhere.
He wants, he said, "a long-term contract." And if the Texas Rangers or anyone else only offer him a one-year deal, Bradley said that he'd be "fed up with baseball" and quit.
"There's always going to be a negative knock on me," Bradley said last Friday. "If they're not going to talk about my attitude, or incidents, then they're going to talk about my health."
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Well, Milton, they have every right to. If a team is going to pay you millions of dollars over the course of a few seasons, those are things they should take into consideration. I believe that you have all the talent in the world, and if it wasn't for your history of attitude problems and the injuries, you'd already have that long-term deal you seek.
You can get upset with the Rangers all you want for "dragging their feet," but it's nobody's fault but your own. Besides, the Rangers would probably be better off using their money on getting some pitching than on you. If you do get a long-term deal this offseason, I don't think it's going to be in Texas.