Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle have been traded to the Yankees for a package of four prospects.
Bobby Abreu arrived in Philadelphia in one of the most lopsided deals in Phillies history. As it turns out, that's probably how he will depart.
Abreu, along with pitcher Cory Lidle, was traded to the Yankees this afternoon for four unheralded minor league players, none of them appear ready to step in and contribute at the big-league level.
Abreu, playing his 11th season in Philadelphia, leaves behind a legacy as one of the best offensive producers in club history. For his career, he is a .301 hitter with 1,526 career hits. Here's how he ranks in club history:
Walks: 947 (2nd)
Stolen bases: 254 (3rd)
Doubles: 348 (3rd)
Home runs: 195 (7th)
RBIs: 814 (7th)
Runs: 891 (T-8th)
Abreu, who had to waive his no-trade clause to accept the deal, is making $13.5 million this year and is owed $15.5 million next season. He has a club option for $16 million in 2008 with a $2 million buyout.
This season, he was hitting .277 with 8 homers and a .427 on-base percentage, third-highest in the National League. However, the 32-year-old left-fielder has seen his power numbers diminish since 2004. He has not homered since June 13 and has only hit 14 longballs since the 2005 all-star break.
Abreu, noted to be one of the most reserved and private players in the clubhouse, gained admirers among stat-driven fans for his ability to work counts, get on base and score runs. Abreu was among the best run producers in baseball, according to stats such as runs created and Win Shares. Others criticized his lack of drive, in particular, the way he fielded his position and his tendency to settle for walks rather than go for big hits.
Abreu joins pitcher Cory Lidle, who was also traded in the deal. Lidle has delivered everything the Phillies expected from him since he was acquired in a 2004 trade with the Reds. Lidle in his career is 78-69 with a 4.54 ERA and has pitched very well lately, winning four consecutive starts. Lidle was deemed expendible since he becomes a free agent at the end of the year.
The Phillies get 27-year-old Triple-A left-handed reliever Matt Smith and Class-A shortstop C.J. Henry in the deal. Henry is a former first-round draft pick in 2005 and is the highest-rated prospect in the deal, ranked 6th in the Yankees organization by Baseball America. The Phils also landed 19-year-old rookie-league catcher Jesus Sanchez and 20-year-old right-hander Carlos Monasteries.
With this deal, the Phillies have now traded for six prospects in just over a week, as they begin to restock their ragged farm system.