But it's all untrue, the Cubs said.
Hysteria in the online blog world ensued to the point where some believed -- or hoped -- that a deal was imminent.
But none of it is true, a Cubs official said as the media cornered Bradley after the Cubs defeated the Cincinnati Reds 5-3 on Saturday. Even Kaplan -- after defending his blog entry from criticism from other media members -- backed away from the rumor.
Bradley, though, wasn't too concerned with it at all.
''I don't pay attention to rumors,'' he said. "I'm always rumored. I'm one of those guys that's multi-talented [and] can do a lot of things. I'm not surprised. It's just a rumor.''
Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee said trade rumors are "just part of the business.''
''With the trade deadline coming, names are going to be thrown out,'' Lee said. "I think people kind of look at contracts and what kind of makes sense for teams and just throw it out there. When most of the time, there's one, two, maybe three deals that actually get done.''
So why did the rumor take off so fast? Were fans just excited that a team was willing to take Bradley, no doubt the most scrutinized player on the Cubs roster, away?