So, in the end, the Yankees gave up C.J. Henry, Matt Smith, Jesus Sanchez and Carlos Monasterios for Abreu & Lidle.
There’s nothing there, lost, that’s going to make mark on the Yankees farm system. Nothing at all, on the whole.
Better yet, the Phillies paid Abreu to waive his no-trade clause. And, the Yankees didn’t have to pick up Abreu’s option for 2008. New York will “only” owe Abreu $4.4 million this season, $13 million next season and a $2 million buyout for 2008.
Oh my stars and garters, this is sweet.
I’ve already gone on record that I believe Cory Lidle can help the Yankees. Put it this way, compared to Sidney Ponson, he’s gold.
And, Bobby Abreu? I have a gut feeling about him coming to the Bronx now – and I see him having a “David Justice 2000″ impact on the Yankees team this season. (And, I’m not worried about the “loss of power” thing for him. Actually, I buy into the theory that N.L. teams would rather walk him than give him a pitch to drive. Thus, he could sneak up on the A.L. pitchers for a few weeks here.)
I hope the Yankees bat Abreu ahead of A-Rod and Giambi (and after Damon and Jeter). I like the idea of the line-up going left-right-left-right-left. And, then, in the bottom four of the line-up you will have Posada, Phillips/Matsui, Cano, and Melky.
Yes, Melky. What about Sheffield? He’s on target, now, to be available for the last 4 weeks of the season. He’s going to want to play – because he’s making a case for himself to get a contract, somewhere, next year.
To be honest, I think Sheffeild should only get a chance to play if Cabrera is struggling or if Matsui cannot come back. Otherwise, he should be used in spots – and not on a regular basis. If he tears the cover off the ball in those chances, then you reconsider the line-up.
That might not be fair. And, he’s not going to like it. But, who ever said life was fair and that you’re always going to like it?