DALLAS - Chicago Cubs manager Dusty Baker met with Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley on Tuesday, a prelude to a possible trade.
“We have a support staff here I think that can make a difference,” Baker said at baseball’s winter meetings.
Bradley had a season-ending knee injury Aug. 23, a month after hurting his finger. He missed 87 games and had off-the-field problems, including a public feud with teammate Jeff Kent.
Baker said he went through general manager Jim Hendry and received permission from Los Angeles to meet with Bradley.
“It was a very good meeting,” Baker said. “We covered some good areas, we covered some problematic areas, and we realize the possible risk and I explained that to him as well.”
Baker also spoke with Dodgers coach Manny Mota about Bradley.
Bradley was traded from Cleveland to Los Angeles in 2004 after a dispute with Indians manager Eric Wedge. The outfielder was suspended twice that season for a total of nine games following on-field tantrums.
Bradley hit .290 last season with 13 homers and 38 RBIs. He accused Kent of a lack of leadership and an inability to deal with black players, a charge Kent denied and said he took offense to.
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