Sources: Rays interested in Bradley

Updated: September 26, 2009, 10:36 PM ET
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com

It appears that there's more than a little interest in Chicago Cubs right fielder Milton Bradley. A source with knowledge of the situation said that the Tampa Bay Rays are very interested in bringing the beleaguered outfielder to Florida.

Tampa Bay was the most aggressive team to pursue Bradley in the offseason before he signed with Chicago in January. It is not known if the teams have exchanged names, but it does appear that the Rays would like to move the contract of Pat Burrell. The former Philadelphia Phillies outfielder has one year left on his contract at $9 million after signing a two-year, $16 million deal with the Rays last winter.

The Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays had interest in Bradley at the trading deadline and leading up to the Aug. 31 deadline for setting playoff rosters.

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Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.