Monday, July 31, 2006

Tip of the Hat

The fun part of the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry over the last few years is watching the teams play the game of "anything you can do you I can do better", both on the field and off. The crushing defeat of Pedro in yankee stadium and the hr by Aaron f**ing Boone, the Sox winning 4 straight, the battle for Jose Contreras, (a win by the Yanks turned into a loss turned into a win by the White Sox), the A-Rod signing, etc. A microsm of this is the last two days, starting with my previous post regarding the comeback win of the Sox and the collapse of the Yankees. 24 hrs later, the Yankees have the momentum, with a hell of a deal yesterday. Bobby Abreu completely addresses their outfield needs, the team is not on the hook for his contract extension,and Cory Lidle strengthens their pitching, either as a 5th starter or a middle reliever. This was not a deal that only the Yankees could make, the money should not have prevented the Sox from making a deal like this, and I am very frustrated with Theo at this point. I can only hope he has something bigger brewing.

4 comments:

Da Old Man said...

I don't know if Bawsten would have made the deal. Would Abreu have fit in the Sux outfield?
Is he much of an upgrade over Trot Nixon? Not really.
For the Yanks, he is replacing guys like Bubba Crosby and Guiel (I don't even know his first name.) That is a huge improvement and a deal worth doing. Mistake the Sux made was missing out on the two guys the Braves got in the last week or so. They picked up Wickman and Baez in 2 seperate deals. A team with a pitching shortage like the Sux have, should be looking at pitching, not an outfielder who would be a slight improvement at best.
By the way, Yanks now have 2 big game pitchers-Moose and the Wanger. That's enough to take them through the playoffs.

Nikolai94 said...

Abreu is a major upgrade, and WAY better than Trot Nixon. This guy is a guaranteed 20-20, even more likely a 30-30 guy. Not since Bernie was in his prime have the Yanks had a 30-30 outfielder. He is also a pure RF, especially when it comes to arm-strength. They Yanks actually improved RF over Sheff, if he ever comes back. Lidle will be servicable, but more importantly, he will eat innings. Lidle is good for 7-8 innings each start. For a bullpen that needs a major break, this is also huge. The onlt issue, is that when Matsui comes back the OF is very left-handed at the plate. I think that we will still see a good does of Melky, since is a swithc-hitter, and he has earned the time. You know what I really did like? ESPN's John Kruk's idea of playing Sheffield at 1B, when he returns. Remember, he was a good 3B back in his Brewer and Padre days. This also gives the throwing wrist a break. If that is too much of a switch, then Sheff will DH and Giambi butchers balls at 1B. Either way, that is a month or more away from being an issue. All I know is, that I'm excited to see #53 patrolling RF in Yankee Stadium (assuming he gets his number from 3B coach Larry Bowa).

Woody said...

I agree with Nick in that Abreau is WAY better than Trot - just look at the numbers. But he makes our team better then he would have made the BoSux. Savvy had the right point - anyone could have made that trade or a trade like that. Nice tip of the hat Sav.

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