Day Three of the Winter Meetings: The Hub for No Activity for the Cubs

Could Milton Bradley be a Cub in 2010? According to a report from Cubs.com, “the Cubs might be running out of options regarding Milton Bradley.” The Rays appear to be the most likely destination for Bradley … with the Cubs eating a lot of money in the process. Multiple sources shot down the rumor on Wednesday afternoon that the Cubs would send Milton Bradley to the Red Sox for Mike Lowell.

According to Bruce Levine, the Red Sox were the mystery team but Bruce Miles questioned if Jim Hendry was trying “to create the illusion of a marketplace that for the most part does not exist.

The Cubs reportedly spoke with the agent for Marlon Byrd on Wednesday … and met with Mike Cameron’s representatives last week. But as the meetings begin to wind down, Jim Hendry and company likely will make the long drive up I-65 North from Indianapolis with Milton Bradley still on their roster.

Here’s the update from day three …

Milton Bradley

Many expected Milton Bradley to be traded at some point on Wednesday but as mentioned the likelihood of that happening at this point is slim to none.

Jim Hendry told The Daily Herald:

“The other two or three things that we’ve talked about that we could do really don’t have anything to do with, ‘You have to do this before you do that,'” he said. “In a perfect world, you’d like to add a center fielder. You’d like to move (Kosuke Fukudome to right field from center). We’d like to add a little presence in the bullpen and keep working, a little bench help.”

“I think there will be a lot of people available three or four weeks from now, too, in the free-agent market. The thing that we came here a little different from normal is there wasn’t as much volume to look into. We’ve had winter meetings where we needed more than two or three pieces no matter who we wanted to trade or not trade.”

Hendry indicated there is no deadline to trade Milton Bradley … or that he has to trade Bradley in order to make other improvements.

The Cubs have no plans on releasing Milton Bradley according to a report from the Tribune. Crane Kenney told Phil Rogers the Cubs have “21 million reasons” why they will not release Bradley. Kenney said the Cubs “don’t run away” from their problems.

Baseball Prospectus reported the Cubs are working on a three-way deal with the Rays and Blue Jays that would send Bradley to Tampa and Pat Burrell to the Blue Jays for low-level prospects.

J.J. Putz

The Cubs’ scouts will watch J.J. Putz throw a side session this week in Arizona. The Cubs are interested in Putz … along with more that 12 other teams.

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

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"What scares me is what scares you. We're all afraid of the same things." - John Carpenter

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