• Rosenthal: Abreu to Yanks

    Posted by on July 30th, 2006 · Comments (5)

    From Fox Sports:

    The Bobby Abreu trade is likely to happen Sunday, and the Phillies are expected to send the right fielder to the Yankees even though the Red Sox are still in the mix, FOXSports.com has learned.

    The Yankees would get Abreu and right-hander Cory Lidle in their proposed deal, while the Red Sox are negotiating only for Abreu. However, the Sox are working on several other fronts, and their primary motivation apparently is to muddle matters for the Yankees, according to a source close to the talks.

    Abreu, 32, has given assurances that he will waive his no-trade clause for the Yankees, presumably in exchange for the exercising of his $16 million option for 2008. But due to the large amount of paperwork involved, a resolution likely is necessary by Sunday to ensure that the trade is completed by Monday’s 4 p.m. non-waiver deadline.

    If Melky Cabrera gets the shaft in this deal, I don’t like it.

    But, with Matsui, Damon, and Abreu under contract for the next two years, I don’t see how this is good news for Melky and his fans.

    Unless, the plan is to make Abreu a DH next year and play Giambi at 1B all the time. But, I don’t think Abreu will go for that – and it’s questionable as to whether or not Giambi can play 1B for 150 games and survive.

    The more you noodle this, it doesn’t look good for Melky.

    Comments on Rosenthal: Abreu to Yanks

    1. jonm
      July 30th, 2006 | 10:41 am

      Damon, Matsui, and Abreu are all old. I could imagine Melky being a fourth OF and still getting 350-400 ABs. Melky does not have enough power to be a full-time starting corner OF. He may develop it and then the Yankees can plan on giving him 550 ABs.

      It really isn’t a bad situation. The Yankees of the 50s had reserves who were even better than Melky (think of Elston Howard or one of my favorites, Gil McDougald).

    2. July 30th, 2006 | 11:10 am

      Well, I have to believe, that Melky gets to stay up here over Bubba Crosby.

      I think they’ll be a rotation of the outfield, 1B, and DH among Matsui, Abreu, Giambi, Phillips, and Cabrera.

      With Phillips getting most of the shaft (obviously). Really, if this trade goes through, the only time I start Phillips is when Wang is pitching, and to give Giambi the very occassional rest. He will obviously still be there as a defensive replacement.

    3. Seamus
      July 30th, 2006 | 11:23 am

      I’m with Jeteupthemiddle, except that hopefully we can replace Phillips with Casey (other rumored deal). I think now that Phillips isn’t going to pan out.

    4. jonm
      July 30th, 2006 | 11:28 am


      Sean Casey? I haven’t heard the Yanks in those talks at all. Shealy, maybe.

    5. Josh
      July 30th, 2006 | 12:21 pm

      Worrying abt. Melky is a problem I’d love to have. Right now, this is more a problem for Bubba and Guiel, not Melky. This is a trade the Yankees need to make. It is simply a no-brainer, esp. with the addition of Lidle and the exclusion of Hughes/Tabata. If we can also add Hernandez or Torres we should be in good shape. Do we move Proctor in this deal? I haven’t heard names on the Yankees end.

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