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Bradley should have plenty of suitors

If you've ever been in a situation where you've
managed people you are probably well aware of a line
that goes something like this: 90 percent of your
problems are caused by 10 percent of your people.

(Numbers may vary depending on source of cliché.) It
is very true that managers end up spending an
inordinate amount of time oiling squeaky wheels. When
that wheel is productive, one finds a way to cope with
the distraction. When the problematic functionary
doesn't pull their weight, then one makes moves to get
them disembarked in a hurry -- unless state or federal
labor laws dictate otherwise.

There does come a time, though, when even the most
productive employee pushes the envelope on acceptable
behavior and has to be moved along. Whether it be a
top salesperson downloading pornography onto the
company server, a key IS person placing calls to an
offshore gambling service on company time or a
talented centerfielder acting like hustling is for
other people, there comes a time when it's best to get
your company separated from the miscreant.

The difference between baseball and other businesses
is that baseball clubs want to get value when they let
go of such problematic entities. A talented lawyer
found carrying a loaded gun on company property isn't
traded to another law firm, he's just cut loose to
find his own way. Baseball teams have, in the past,
bitten the bullet and simply released miscreants,
taking the financial hit of getting no value in
exchange for the peace of mind that comes with not
having to deal with the hassle party of living every
day with a screw-up, but their true desire is to get
something in return for their big investment in
time, money and resources.