Looks like the Yankees were the talk of the town for the the Olde Towne team.
From the Boston Globe:
“What are we doing?” asked Boston designated hitter David Ortiz.
“Abreu is a great player. He can hit, man, and people forget he’s a Gold Glove outfielder. Lidle is a good pitcher. When he’s on, he can be nasty, man. What did they give up?”
When told, Ortiz’s face dropped. “That’s all?” he said. “Hey, that’s a good deal.”
“Abreu is an impact player,” said the Sox’ Terry Francona, who managed Abreu in Philadelphia. “My hope is that he stinks. My concern is that he goes over there for a couple of months and that he’s the best player in baseball. Because I think he has that in him. He’s a good ballplayer.”
From the Daily News Tribune -
“The Yankees got a lot better today,” said outfielder Gabe Kapler. “And we all recognize that. Abreu’s been one of the better players over the last five years. And their pitching is better with Lidle. I don’t think you’d rate one over the other, but I think they both add a nice piece to their puzzle.”
Even without the trade, Kapler is impressed with the Yankees.
“Talent aside, which I think is evident that they always will have, they always do have . . . You can’t have injuries that are devastating and perform great unless you have a lot of superior character personalities in the clubhouse,” he said.
Said right fielder Trot Nixon: “Abreu’s a good ballplayer and Lidle is a good pitcher, and I don’t know what else to say beyond that. I’m only worried about our team. I’m not going to worry about what other teams are doing.
“But obviously it makes them a better team,” Nixon added. “They were a pretty doggone good team to begin with, even when they had all those injuries. This makes them that much better. Still, I’m worried about us, not what they did.”
“Abreu can hit everything,” said outfielder Wily Mo Pena. “A guy like that, hitting for average and power, there aren’t many of those.”
Pena, a teammate with Lidle on the 2004 Cincinnati Reds, said the right-hander “has some good stuff. I faced him in spring training and got a couple of hits off him, but he’s good. He’s a big pickup for them.”
Curt Schilling and Bobby Abreu were teammates from 1998 through 2000. What did he have to say? From All-Headline News:
Schilling went on to tell the Globe about all the distractions surrounding the Red Sox.
“Today is one of those days where [the Yankees] make a huge deal, they win a game, I pitch like crap, we lose a game, and everybody is at the extremes,” Schilling said. “As players, you just can’t afford to do that.”
No comment, yet, as far as I can tell, from Larry Lucchino.