Unconfirmed Report: Yanks Trade A-Rod

According to ESPN XM radio, the Yankees and Phillies have just completed a monster trade, pending league approval.

Yankees get: Tom Gordon, Pat Burrell, Bobby Abreu, David Bell

Phillies get: Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, player to be named

This is unconfirmed. It is not on ESPN.com, and it’s not being reported by the Associated Press.

Thanks to LocklandSF for letting us know. I suspect there might be some comments on this one.

77 comments… add one
  • Please let this be wrong.

    Nick-YF July 20, 2006, 5:26 pm
  • My first reactions:
    This is so bad for the Yankees, I question the validity of the report.
    Who do I hate if A-Rod’s not on the Yankees? Jason Giambi, I’m lookin’ at you…

    Paul SF July 20, 2006, 5:26 pm
  • LocklandSF’s post mentioned David Bell as well.
    First take: I don’t like it. I bet Gordon doesn’t like it either.

    attackgerbil July 20, 2006, 5:27 pm
  • BTW.. ARod does have a no-trade clause.

    attackgerbil July 20, 2006, 5:28 pm
  • If A-Rod approved a trade to Philly than he’s a huge masochist.

    Nick from Washington Heights July 20, 2006, 5:30 pm
  • I didn’t know a threat would be started on this, so don’t shoot the messenger, but I did hear it. It is also reported on NYYFans.com and they are losing their minds.

    LocklandSF July 20, 2006, 5:33 pm
  • I’m checking my calendar, and it doesn’t say April 1st.

    Hudson July 20, 2006, 5:34 pm
  • A-Rod would exercise a clause to get out of NY, no matter what the team was, I have no doubt…
    Corrected to add David Bell…

    Paul SF July 20, 2006, 5:34 pm
  • No one’s doubting you, Lockland. Just giving credit… Did you hear it as a news report, as opposed to a “this could work” discussion?

    Paul SF July 20, 2006, 5:35 pm
  • I’m going to call a cautious BS on this one…not only does this trade make less than no sense, but there would be something on some wire, somewhere.
    Two quality talents who are going to start in New York for the next 10 years, at least, for a 38-year-old closer-cum-7th-inning-guy and two old, expensive outfielders?
    I’ll root for the damn Mets, if that happens.

    yankeesnj July 20, 2006, 5:36 pm
  • AP tends to be very cautious on this stuff, wanting to get a named source of some kind, so it’s not surprising they’re laying low… If it was on ESPN radio, it should be online very soon.
    Anyone with access to ESPNews?

    Paul SF July 20, 2006, 5:38 pm
  • I stop defending Cashman if this is true.
    I think.

    Nick-YF July 20, 2006, 5:38 pm
  • Could this be why my Mac just imploded?
    Seriously! I’m on a backup machine

    YF July 20, 2006, 5:39 pm
  • My Yankee fan friend with whom I work likes this deal a lot. FWIW

    Paul SF July 20, 2006, 5:40 pm
  • Exact words… (transcribed by my assitant who now thinks I’m insane)
    ALTHOUGH: STILL JUST A RUMOR
    “Philadelphia Phillies GM Pat Gillick has confirmed that the Philadelphia Phillies have traded Relief Pitcher Tom Gordon, OF Pat Burrell, OF Bobby Abreu, and 3B David Bell to the New York Yankees for Third Baseman Alex Rodriguez, OF Melky Cabrera, and a player to be named later. Deal is
    subject to MLB approval. The trade is expected to fill the New York Yankees corner outfielder needs and should improve their bullpen as they prepare for the final AL East Pennant Drive. The Philadelphia Phillies plug their 3B need with arguably the game’s best third baseman. David Delluci and Melky Cabrera are expected to be named starting outfielders for the Phillies. New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman has yet to confirm details of trade”

    LocklandSF July 20, 2006, 5:40 pm
  • I love that you had your assistant transcribe this.
    And
    UGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH

    Nick-YF July 20, 2006, 5:42 pm
  • This might be the worst deal that any Yankee GM has ever done.
    I don’t at all understand how trading A-Rod for 70 cents on the dollar helps the team. Who’s going to play 3rd?
    And who’s not playing in the outfield when Matsui/Sheff get back?
    As I said above, this deal makes less than no sense.

    yankeesnj July 20, 2006, 5:42 pm
  • Well, if Gillick confirmed it, it should be posted sooner than this…

    Paul SF July 20, 2006, 5:42 pm
  • This can’t be true. It can’t be.

    Nick-YF July 20, 2006, 5:43 pm
  • ynj, David Bell plays 3B, but I have no idea what they do when Sui/Sheff come back. Four corner outfielders who all play the same way and are all on the bad side of 30.

    NeffSox July 20, 2006, 5:46 pm
  • I don’t believe it. I can’t. I mean, not yet anyway. I’ll have to hear it from three different places to believe it.

    Devine July 20, 2006, 5:47 pm
  • As a Red Sox fan, I really like this trade too :-)

    Paul SF July 20, 2006, 5:48 pm
  • That is if you assume that Sheff is coming back at all.
    I’m with a lot of you, this is one of those deals that makes a ton of sense in some ways, but makes absolutely not sense in some other ways.
    Weird wild stuff.

    LocklandSF July 20, 2006, 5:48 pm
  • Yeah, I’m really wary of believing anything like this before actually seeing it in writing.

    Laura July 20, 2006, 5:48 pm
  • Well supposedly ESPN XM radio, NYYFans.com, and Yanksfansoxfan all have it soooo it has to be true, thats three sources

    NeffSox July 20, 2006, 5:49 pm
  • That’s what I’m saying, Neff. That’s why I won’t believe this until I actually see it on a wire or TV.
    David Bell doesn’t exactly thrill me at 3rd. Torre’s not going to sit Matsui when he comes back, so there’s really no point in glutting up the outfield while giving away a guy who’s going to hit 40-45 homers every year for the last 7 or 8 years of his contract.
    And if the Phils don’t want to pay for Abreu’s contract, what makes you think they’d pay for A-Rod’s?

    yankeesnj July 20, 2006, 5:50 pm
  • No, that’s what I mean…three OFFICIAL sources. It just doesn’t make sense to me…

    Devine July 20, 2006, 5:51 pm
  • Because ARod > Abreu.
    It’s a great trade for the Phils. But I agree, if they’re rebuilding, why take ARod? Unless you want the veteran around which to rebuild…
    Yeah, it makes sense, as Lockland said, which makes it credible — but then it’s totally out there, which makes it incredible.

    Paul SF July 20, 2006, 5:51 pm
  • damn boi arod more like gayrod he is so weird no tinkin ova da tings dat u said dis is like my fav song ne else agree? no!! fuk u! MELKY WAY!!!!!!!!!!! HAS A HOLE IN IT NO? fuk u gaz guZzler al gore is so h0tt but so boring, but not in bed. no? jon kerry is well endowned 2 butt he is like my phallus has the circumfrence of a cubic zirconium and im like wtf juss stick it in my butt its not gay if your receiving. thumbs up ne 1 else like stephen a? i do he climaxed early n said its just that easy. so i smiled n winked hugs n handpounds!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

    JankeesF July 20, 2006, 5:52 pm
  • Word, dog.

    yankeesnj July 20, 2006, 5:52 pm
  • handpound

    NeffSox July 20, 2006, 5:53 pm
  • And Devine I know thats not what you meant, I was kidding, I don’t believe it either

    NeffSox July 20, 2006, 5:54 pm
  • Cool (hard to tell tone in print, and all that). Oh, and ESPN’s MLB front page is talking up Mets and Phillies–Abreu for Milledge. Hmmmm…

    Devine July 20, 2006, 5:57 pm
  • Each minute that passes lessens the probability that this is legitimate. We should have seen something by now…

    Paul SF July 20, 2006, 5:59 pm
  • And each minute it remains unconfirmed gives me more peace.

    Nick-YF July 20, 2006, 6:00 pm
  • Yeah, I’m getting suspicious about ESPN not having this up yet.

    Laura July 20, 2006, 6:01 pm
  • I’m glad I’m finally getting paid to blog and comment here though ;-) Haha.

    Paul SF July 20, 2006, 6:01 pm
  • Hey, we could always just get everyone together and tar and feather Lockland if it turns out to be false.
    Just kidding…we’ll wait until the next time the Sox are in New York for that. :D

    yankeesnj July 20, 2006, 6:01 pm
  • Locland, when it was reported on air did anyone scream baba booy at the end of the segment?

    Nick-YF July 20, 2006, 6:03 pm
  • I’m already getting it from my real world Yankee fan friends….
    “If you’re wrong, you’re a dead man.”

    LocklandSF July 20, 2006, 6:05 pm
  • I can’t find the discussion at NYYFans. What thread is it in?

    Paul SF July 20, 2006, 6:07 pm
  • It’s at the end of the ARod thread.

    attackgerbil July 20, 2006, 6:09 pm
  • attackgerbil July 20, 2006, 6:10 pm
  • that thread has 4:07(EST) when they heard the trade, which puts us at 2 hours of ‘no other sources’ sounds like a rumor but a good one at that

    NeffSox July 20, 2006, 6:13 pm
  • the trade was actually 5:07 (didn’t have daylight savings time checked) which makes it more credible, but still no where else on the internet

    NeffSox July 20, 2006, 6:16 pm
  • Um….the Yahoo mlb page has the lineups for tonight and both A-Rod and Melky are playing. I call BS.

    yankeemonkey July 20, 2006, 6:19 pm
  • Do they have a lineup out yet for the Yanks game tonight? We could all shut up about this if ARod and Melky are in the lineup.
    Or a lineup for the Phils??

    NeffSox July 20, 2006, 6:19 pm
  • Thank you
    Also call BS

    NeffSox July 20, 2006, 6:20 pm
  • I keep thinking, “Ahh, just a rumor,” but it would be the height of journalistic ineptitude to quote confirmation from the Phillies GM himself without actually having that confirmation…

    Paul SF July 20, 2006, 6:21 pm
  • Can we get JankeesF to come back out and comment on this one…he seems to have to most insider information

    NeffSox July 20, 2006, 6:22 pm
  • Also, a headline on ESPN (Insider though, so I can ‘t read the article) says Mets and Phils might have a deal in the works: Abreu for Milledge.

    yankeemonkey July 20, 2006, 6:23 pm
  • I dunno… It’s a strike against, but GMs make the trades. Managers make the lineups. They often post lineups so far in advance that they could have been pulled back and talking to the players right now, and we still wouldn’t know it until game time…

    Paul SF July 20, 2006, 6:24 pm
  • Great deal for the Phils, and the Mets may have Kazmired themselves again, if that one’s true.
    Neff, personally, I don’t think I could have made it through this almost-crisis without the handpound.

    yankeesnj July 20, 2006, 6:24 pm
  • lol, Neff. I completely agree. I learned more from his comment than I have in weeks…

    Paul SF July 20, 2006, 6:25 pm
  • Well, that and the discussion about whether Al Gore is boring in bed…

    Paul SF July 20, 2006, 6:27 pm
  • Peter Abraham has also just posted the lineups, same as Yahoo mlb. So hopefully just rumors….I will disown this team if that deal does happen.

    yankeemonkey July 20, 2006, 6:27 pm
  • so whos preparing the tar and feathers??

    NeffSox July 20, 2006, 6:32 pm
  • I’m a very peaceful person. I refuse to take part in the punishment of one of our own. Sorry.

    Laura July 20, 2006, 6:34 pm
  • :). Just so you all know I was joking, although I am in fact a very peaceful person.

    Laura July 20, 2006, 6:35 pm
  • If none of the papers reports what this was about tomorrow, I’m gonna be pissed. I’m still holing out hope though…

    Paul SF July 20, 2006, 6:36 pm
  • Or holding it out. Whichever.

    Paul SF July 20, 2006, 6:37 pm
  • Could it just be that this was an offer Phils made? Doesn’t mean a trade went through….frankly Cashman would have to be insane, drunk, and on crack all at once to even consider it.

    yankeemonkey July 20, 2006, 6:40 pm
  • he’d have to be Rick James c. 1988. YM is right.

    Nick-YF July 20, 2006, 6:41 pm
  • My 6 month old Boston Terrier puppy just pissed the floor in fear after my profanity laced tirade upon arriving at this site right now. It’s BS, no f’ing way Cash does this.

    bloodyank78 July 20, 2006, 6:42 pm
  • Haha, poor PaulSF…he so desperately wants this deal to go down.
    I don’t blame you for wanting that.

    yankeesnj July 20, 2006, 6:44 pm
  • wow. i had even heard a little more from the bill stoneman interview yesterday that made the trade for colon/mcpherson/napoli all the more promising. he said they were working on a bigger move than anyone expected.

    sf rod July 20, 2006, 6:48 pm
  • The trade deadline can’t pass soon enough…all this nonsense needs to stop!!!

    yankeemonkey July 20, 2006, 6:52 pm
  • BREAKING NEWS NYPOST.COM
    Joel Sherman reports
    Yankees possibly could make trade of the year, the NYPOST confirms the offer from the Phillies. Abreu, Burrell, Gordon, and a player to be named later for Alex Rodriguez and Melky Cabrera. Although AlexRodriguez is in the line up tonite, FUCK YOU!!!1 BUNCH OF NO0BZ!!!!! leik
    The deal is contingent on Steinbrenner swallowing a two foot phallus. (Will he do it?) I think he will :)

    Noob July 20, 2006, 7:08 pm
  • What we need is a CREDIBLE source of B.S. rumors.

    Anonymous July 20, 2006, 7:15 pm
  • LOL

    yankeemonkey July 20, 2006, 7:15 pm
  • fuk u dnt laugh! k now u can laugh!

    The devul July 20, 2006, 7:34 pm
  • 5:24pm, Thursday 7/20/06
    Yanksfansoxfan officialy jumps the shark.

    Knuckles July 20, 2006, 7:38 pm
  • This deal is not happening. It’s moronic for the Yankees. And they may be run by a flunky, but not by a moron. I call BS.

    SF July 20, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • k al gore was talkin bout global warmin so i wuz like fuk dat global warm in my ass lol (The sad thing is, this writing should belong in those porno captions you’d see on MILF Hunter.) ne way im not supposed to like my milfs but dis one i had a special exception 4. bill clinton. omg wow slick willy. he pretty slick in bed. i told him my cat’s name wuz bra n hes like i like ur bra n im like lol. n he puts his head on my tits n goes nice headrest n im like lol so he asked if i could finish him n im like im not dat much of a skank i only sleep with retired politcians u hillary. n hes like wtf.

    JankeeF July 21, 2006, 10:17 am
  • PLEASE DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS I HAVE FULL ACCESS TO ESPN NEWS (I AM AN MEMBER) THIS TRADE WILL NEVER HAPPEN

    ROBERT VETRANO July 24, 2006, 12:45 am
  • Um, sorry to burst your bubble dude, but I think just about everyone has agreed that this report was bullshit. Just for the record.

    Laura July 24, 2006, 11:21 am
  • Shutup Robert

    RYan Boyle March 11, 2008, 12:51 pm

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