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.