Monday, July 31, 2006

Abreu/Lidle

Nice move for the Yankees. The worst case scenario is that Abreu's power drought is for real, but even in that case, he's a nice player, and they didn't give up all that much. I'm not clear if they'd offer Lidle arbitration this offseason, but if they did, they'd get a draft pick that's not all that different from the draft spot where they picked Henry up in the first place (not that he's hitting that well anyway).

From the Phillies persepective, I think we'll have to wait and see how they spend the $16 million they were going to have to pay Abreu next year. Abreu's not a $16 million player, but with his OBP it's not all that crazy of a contract. If they parlay that money into some crazy multi-year deal for Carlos Lee, then they probably would have been better off keeping Abreu.

1 comment:

Sully said...

I don't see how this trade was allowed to go through (oh wait, yes I do... the commissioner is a moron). From what Jason Stark is saying, the Phillies were getting better offers for just Cory Lidle. But they ended up taking four guys who will never have an impact in the majors for Lidle and one of the best hitters in the NL. That makes sense.

I think Pat Gillick is officially too old for this. And there's no way the Yankees don't win the AL East now.