Hot-tempered outfielder Milton Bradley and the Texas Rangers agreed in principle to a $5 million, one-year contract Sunday morning, including room for performance bonuses. He is expected to play in the outfield, but may also see some time as the club's designated hitter as he recovers from reconstructive knee surgery.
Bradley, who helped spark the San Diego Padres resurgent second-half (before falling one game short of the playoffs) had a fairly tumultuous end of the season.
During a confrontation in late September, he tore ligaments and damaged cartilage in his right knee when Pads manager Bud Black spun him to the ground in an attempt to keep him from charging umpire Mike Winters, who may have antagonized him.
Bradley finished the year hitting .306 with 13 longballs and 37 RBIs in 61 games between the Oakland Athletics and Padres.