Abreu: I’ll Take Manhattan

Now that Sheff has been dumped off to the Motor City, it seems Bobby Abreu is ready to settle in permanent-wise on the Upper East Side. New York Magazine reports that the OBP machine has plunked down $2.455 million for a 3 bedroom on East 53rd Street. Jeter, Matsui, Posada, A-Rod, and Giambi all have places in the hood. Before you snicker, note that this is a nice change from the 80s, when most of the team wouldn’t be caught dead in the city, and almost everyone lived out in Westchester and Jersey (many still do). We like our Gothams to live in Gotham. Those who don’t can go take their lumps in Philly. You got that Wes Helms?!

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  • I’ve been a fan of Abreu for years, though of course, he comes to the Yanks after losing his power.. maybe a change of scenary will spark some of that back..

    Lar November 20, 2006, 9:51 am
  • I’ve always liked Abreu myself, and even as a cynical Sox fan, I’m sure he’s going to help out the team in the Bronx next season. I have to wonder if he’s not the logical choice as leadoff hitter. Sees more P.PA than Damon, walks more, and even with all the positives you can see, I don’t think he’s a middle of the order run producer anymore. The point with Abreu is that to teams that don’t have Yankee-like depth in the lineup, he would be mis-cast in an RBI role. He LOVES to walk. He…kind of likes to hit, if a walk isn’t readily available. And he runs okay. I know Captain Clutch has that #2 hole sewn up, and I’m not sure where Damon would fit otherwise, but Abreu might actually be a better leadoff hitter than either anyway…

    Quo November 20, 2006, 10:09 am
  • Ya, I had the exact same thought, that if Damon wasn’t here, it’ll probably make sense to lead him off, and Jeter isn’t going to bat anywhere other than 2nd (except for maybe last, but that’s probably being too harsh)
    I really just hope he’ll hit say, 20-25 HR. That’ll probably be good enough for me, though it’s far from his old self..

    Lar November 20, 2006, 1:00 pm
  • Lar, I think it’s probably also important to note that Abreu was the better base-stealer this year, and over the course of the season, Damon had the higher SLG%. I think Damon’s will probably dip a little while Abreu’s might rise, but Abreu’s seeming reluctance to hit mixed with Damon’s (relatively higher) propensity to swing seems to suggest that Abreu and Damon simply switching spots wouldn’t be a bad idea. Of course, the Yankees probably don’t need to improve on a 930-run season…but still.
    Either way, hopefully Yankee pitching will allow many more runs than that anyway. :)

    Quo November 20, 2006, 1:12 pm

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