Forgive the pun. Yankee fans can be proud of their GM today. Leveraging the team’s financial power, Brian Cashman acquired on-base machibe Bobby Abreu and a fifth starter (Cory Lidle) from Philadelphia while holding onto the team’s elite prospects and blossoming fan favorite Melky Cabrera. The Phillies get the Yanks’ top pick in the 2005 draft (shortstop CJ Henry, who hasn’t exactly been tearing it up in the minors) along with a middle reliever in Matt Smith, and two other prospects. Better still, solid negotiating means that the Yanks will not be required to pick up Abreu’s pricey 2008 contract option. Those wishing to see the glass half empty on this deal will note Abreu’s diminishing power numbers, and it has been suggested that the loss of power will have a corrosive impact on his OBP, and that he hasn’t always come to the park ready to put out his A-game. We’ll see. For the moment, the reality is that he represents a massive upgrade over the present Yankee rightfield option of Bernie Williams/Aaron Guiel. Those competing with the Yanks to reach the playoffs should be duly worried about his addition to the club, and be even more concerned about putting the team away before September, when a potential lineup might read:
With Melky and Bernie on the bench, that would be a serious, serious arsenal. If there’s anything to lament about this deal, it’s that it probably means that 2006 will be the end of Gary Sheffield’s tenure in the Bronx. Probably. Of course, anything’s possible. For the moment, we’ll see what happens, and hope for the best from our new additions. Will the Sox respond? Add your comments on the deal and its ramifications here.