Day Two of the Winter Meetings: The Mysterious Case of Movin’ Milton

Day two of the Winter Meetings featured one blockbuster trade that is all but official. The Tigers traded Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson, not to the Cubs, but to the Yankees and Diamondbacks. In a seven-player trade Granderson was dealt to the Yankees and the Tigers received Max Scherzer, Daniel Schlereth, Phil Coke and Austin Jacksonthe Yankees top prospect. Arizona picked up Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy in the three-team swap.

As for the Cubs, the Melky Cabrera rumors picked up steam after the blockbuster was announced. But the rest of the day was filled with Milton, Milton and more Milton.

Here are the updates …

Milton Bradley

Rumors Tuesday afternoon suggested Milton Bradley could be traded as soon as Tuesday night. Bruce Levine reported within 24 hours to a mystery team.

Levine shot down the possibility of Bradley landing in Anaheim for Gary Matthews, Jr. … and so did Cubs.com.

Tim Brown from Yahoo Sports during a segment on XM Radio mentioned the Cubs and Mariners have talked about Bradley … but said the rumors that would send him to Seattle for Carlos Silva were no where near imminent. The Cubs denied the Mariners are in the mix.

Where would Milton Bradley fit in Seattle? Ken Griffey, Jr. re-signed with the Mariners and they are rumored to be very interested in Jason Bay.

According to a report from Cubs.com, “Jim Hendry has been tight-lipped about negotiations to the point he is keeping the majority of his staff out of the talks.

The Rangers, Rays and Royals are no longer interested in Bradley according to Joe Castellano on XM Radio.

The Sun-Times indicated the trade for Bradley is “three-quarters done” and could be completed on Tuesday night.

Stay tuned … it is about to get very wild!

Melky Cabrera

Melky Cabrera re-entered the Cubs’ rumor mill on Monday … and his name picked up a lot of steam on Tuesday. When the Yankees traded for Curtis Granderson many feel Melky Cabrera became available in the process.

Bruce Levine, during the Afternoon Saloon on Tuesday evening, indicated there is a possibility the Cubs could get in the mix for Cabrera. The Cubs are interested, just not for two top prospects.

Levine sees Cabrera as a fourth outfielder and would not deal two top prospects for him.

From the Rumor Mill

Bruce Levine reported the Cubs spoke with the Rockies about their outfield depth on Tuesday … Levine mentioned Brad Hawpe’s name.
The Cubs might not have enough young talent to pry Heath Bell from the Padres according to Bruce Levine.
Dan Uggla would be a fit for the Cubs according to Bruce Levine.
Lou Piniella is not afraid to start a 19-year old shortstop according to Bruce Levine.
FoxSports.com connected J.J. Putz to the Cubs on Tuesday morning.

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Well, there’s the updates … and I’m sticking to ‘em!

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