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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Yankees - Acquired Abreu
New York Yankees - Acquired OF Bobby Abreu and P Corey Lidle from the Philadelphia Phillies for SS C.J. Henry, P Matt Smith, P Carlos Monasterios, and C Jesus Sanchez.
Looking at this trade, I’m thinking that maybe I should have traded for Abreu as I think the various trinkets and googaws in the trunk of my car could form the basis of a better package for the Phillies.
OK, perhaps this is a little mean, even if my Rand McNally Road Atlas, my leather porkpie drinkin’ hat, and my leather conditioner are all fine, quality products. C.J. Henry’s the biggest name here and while scouts have liked his upside, the fact remains that there’s a very long voyage from hitting 237/326/350 in the Sally League to playing in the majors. There’s still plenty of time, however, but I generally prefer my low level prospects to be hitting. I’m hitching my Henry wagon instead to the Pirate SS in the Venezuelan Summer League, the awesomely named Henry Henry, who’s hitting 384/514/500. I’d be more excited if “C.J.” were in fact “F.J.” which we couldn’t find when we were going down the alphabet a couple years ago.
Next on the list is Matt Smith. He’s earned a look after two solid seasons since switching to relief. He’s got a pretty good injury history, but he could be a decent reliever for the Phils, though not the building block you’d want for someone as good as Abreu. Then again, the Phils and Philadelphia residents don’t seem to generally appreciated that Abreu was that great a player, usually complaining about his defense. I’m guessing that Matt Smith’s ability level is a little bit worse than the 0.00 ERA he has in 12 major league innings and he probably can’t maintain a .138 BABIP, especially without having Derek Jeter~! behind him on the field.
The other two are more speculative, low level prospects that haven’t been particularly heralded. Based on play, Monasterios is the more interest prospect, having pitched very well in the GCL.
What does this trade do for the Yankees? Duh. They have Bobby Abreu’s bat in the outfield and will hope that Lidle isn’t too horrible in the rotation the rest of the way. While I don’t root for the Yankees, I do hope that Abreu has super offensive games when Mike Mussina is pitching because I really want Moose to win 20 this year.
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