The Seattle Mariners have made their third major move of the off-season, trading starting pitcher Carlos Silva and cash considerations for former Chicago Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley.
- Silva, after signing a four-year deal worth about $45 million with the Mariners, has done nothing but struggle in Seattle. In 2008, the first year of the contract, Silva was 4-15 with a 6.46 ERA. This past year, after playing in the World Baseball Classic, Silva was roughed up for the time he was playing, posting a 1-3 record with an 8.60 ERA and missing most of the season due to injury.
- 2009 was a sub-par season for Milton Bradley, and arguably the worst of his career. He had just a .257 batting average, 12 home runs, and 40 RBI in his first season with the Cubs. The year before, with the Texas Rangers, Bradley hit career highs in on-base percentage, home runs, and RBI with .436, 22, and 77 respectively, while tying his career-high in batting average with .321.
- Aside from Silva, the Mariners are sending $9 million to the Cubs, $3 million of which compensate for the difference between the salaries of Bradley and Silva. The other $6 million is to assist the Cubs with salary for the next two years.
- The Mariners, after finishing third in the AL West a year after coming in dead last in the American League, have now made moves for infielder Chone Figgins, 2008 Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee, and Bradley this off-season.