If you were Brian Cashman, and the Phillies called you today, and offered (to trade you) Bobby Abreu, David Bell and Brett Myers in exchange for Alex Rodriguez, Jaret Wright and Kevin Thompson – straight up, no cash involved – what would you do?
It’s an interesting question.
The thought of playing in that bandbox in Philly and getting away from New York might interest A-Rod. And, while Myers has serious baggage, he would be (talent-wize) a welcome addition to the Yankees rotation this season.
You could bat Abreu second in New York, and just let him take his walks, and then bat Jeter in the 3rd slot. Bell has no stick – but he can catch the ball and he plays hard all the time.
The Phillies could just slide in Shane Victorino to take over for Abreu. And, A-Rod at 3rd would give Philly one of the best offensive infields in the National League.
If this was a real situation, because of A-Rod’s contract, etc., it would take weeks to be worked out. But, assume that you could do it with a quick pull of the trigger.
As a Yankees fan, would you make his deal, today?