I think everyone on AN, including myself, owes Mychael Urban an apology. At least, for his Milton Bradley "tired act" article. I liked Bradley. I think most ANer's did. But, Urban told it like it was and was raked over the coals here at Athletics Nation.
I have it on relatively good authority that this had nothing to do with overcrowding in the outfield, or accelerating trade negotiations, or keeping Dan Johnson at 1st base. Please... I am probably one of the few DJ supporters on this site, but even I don't believe that one.
It was strictly a "dump Milton" move. He'd worn out his welcome. Urban was right. He got to be a tired act. I'm sure Mychael is privately saying "FU AN! I told ya so." Well, Mychael, you were right, I was wrong. And, IMO, so was most of AN.
I'm sure Billy made this move because he feels he has other options now. But, let's face it, he's going to get very little in return for Bradley. And, he really doesn't care.
Edit (in order to enhance my "tired act" status):
Byrnes AVG OBP SLG OPS HR
Season .318 .370 .514 .884 11
June .355 .383 .500 .883 3
So much for your hoped-for June swoon. ;-)