Monday, July 31, 2006

Abreau and Lidle Trade

first three opinions on the abreu trade:

ben
Pat Gillick sucks. He needed to get alot more than salary relief in dumping Abreu and Lidle.
bumble
I don't know what they got in return, but in the end I don't care.
ko'c
Was this REALLY the best deal we could get?
here is what baseball america thinks
Though the Yankees farm system is improving, this trade was all about money. New York will absorb the remainder of Abreu's contract ($13 million salary in 2006, $15 million in 2007 and either $16 million or a $2 million buyout in 2008) and the rest of Lidle's $3.3 million salary for this season. Because the Yankees took on roughly $23 million in financial commitments, they didn't have to part with any of their best prospects. Smith is the only player Philadelphia received who's playing above low Class A. Henry, who has the best pedigree of the group as a first-round pick in 2005, has struggled mightily in his first full season.
busy now, i'll have more later

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Anonymous Phil said...

FYI. This trade was showing up as one of Bloomberg's "TOP" 19 stories when I came in this morning. Probably cause of the Yankee connection.

10:56 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

probably is due to the yankees connection. i'm in NY right now and this is the front page story on all the papers. it's being billed as the best thing that the yankees could ask for right now, since it fills two major holes in their lineup.
too bad i don't really care about what's good for the yankees...

12:55 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there anyone else in the world besides me who realizes that Cashman bluffed and Gillick folded like a car atlas? I'll say this one more time: The Yankees care about winning and wanted Abreu badly. They have hordes of cash and an aging owner who doesn't value it all that much. The future is right now always.

Had Gillick showed a little courage at the table, he'd be introducing Phil Hughes as the next cog in the Phillies emerging rotation right now.

To all the reporters who concluded that the Yankees wouldn't part company with Hughes no matter what, thanks for helping Cashman weave this fantasy into dogma. You're complicit in fulfilling Gillick's absurd fantasies.

Yikes,

Ben

8:28 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ben-

I couldn't agree with you more. I have no idea how the Phillies ended up trading exactly what the Yankees so desperately needed for pretty much nothing in return. The NY media is havin' a good chuckle over this one.
Brilliant negotiating Gillick!

-ko'c

8:10 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just great. You trade your best hitter for ............

Exactly!

12:54 PM EDT  
Anonymous Phil said...

Reason #14 why I don't follow baseball anymore: I couldn't care less about this trade.

Come on Sept. 10th . . .

3:35 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phil,

Pick a sunny day, go see the Trenton Thunder, grab a cold Bud, eat a hot dog, watch the beautiful babies, and enjoy the day.

Forget about the things that drive you crazy; baseball is a terrific way to spend a day during the best season of the year.

Sincerely,

Ben

9:05 PM EDT  

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