During his short, 1½-year career with the A’s, outfielder Milton Bradley made five trips to the disabled list. After the A’s shipped the temperamental switch-hitter to the San Diego Padres on Friday for a minor-league pitcher, he landed back on the DL before he could play a game. “It’s definitely better,” Bradley said after taking batting practice.
Three more years for Joe
As if there was any doubt, the Sharks want to make sure Joe Thornton is the focal point of their team for years to come. The 2006 Hart Trophy winner when he led the league in scoring signed a three-year, $21.6 million contract extension that will keep him circling the ice at the Shark Tank through the 2010-11 season. Thornton, who was still under contract for the upcoming season at $6.67 million, signed for less than what he would have made had he hit the free-agent market after his contract expired. “There’s no question I was going to re-sign there,” said Thornton, who turns 28 today. “It’s just a perfect fit for me. The ownership wants a winner, and we’ve got a great young team there. I’m looking forward to being there for a long time.” Meanwhile, ex-Sharks defenseman Scott Hannan signed a four-year, $18 million deal with the Colorado Avalanche.