Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Yanks talk Abreu

The New York Yankees are going to add at least one OF this off season, I think we can all agree on that and today the name being touted around by various sources in the Phillies GG All-Star RF, Bobby Abreu.

The various rumours include a possible scenario which would send Jorge Posada, Carl Pavano and Eric Duncan to Philly in return for Abreu and Mike Lieberthal. Abreu has a full No Trade Clause and Lieberthal is a 10/5 man so both players would have to agree to a trade to the Bronx Bombers. None of the players from the Yankee side of the deal would have to agree.

This possible trade seems to have bloomed out of the Yankees talking to the NL East giant about CF Jason Michaels. The Bombers have been looking to replace Bernie Williams as they try to find the next incumbent of one of the most famous positions in professional sports but after losing out on Aaron Rowand, whose incidentally been traded to the Phillies and with Brian Giles seemingly reluctant to move to the East Coast, the Yankees are running out of options.

Abreu would not play CF and would most likely stay in RF, moving the Sheff to a f/t DH role. This leaves the CF problem well and truly open. The swap of catchers though seems to fly under the radar of this potential trade. Posada is better than Lieberthal, however he has $21m guaranteed money should he make 62 starts behind the plate next season, which is a lot of money for a player whose star is fading.

So will the Yanks pull the trigger on this blockbuster? Time will tell but personally as much as I like Abreu, I don't want to give Pavano and Duncan up in a deal to get him.

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At 11:40 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And where did u get all of this info.

At 10:42 pm, Blogger Neil M said...

A good Journalist never reveals his sources...I however am not very good.

This story came from a New Jersey newspaper report and a story over at GothamBaseball.


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