I like Bobby Abreu. He's quiet, professional and is on base nearly 40% of his plate appearances. That said, his defense is abysmal. He can't go back on a ball and heaven forbid he gets near a wall; he acts like the wall is made of poison tipped razor blades. But he's a professional, and also, vastly overpaid. A million dollars per HR is a bad ratio, even if he's not the HR hitter he once was.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
So thanks to MLBTradeRumors.com, we learn that Abreu (and other OBP hog Giambi) will be jettisoned this off-season. Not a surprise, I guess. The Yanks DO need to get younger and more athletic. The team has a glut of lumbering, aging corner OF/1B/DH type and this certainly thins the bunch.
Part of me really would like to see Bobby back at some reasonable price ($17m/2 yr) deal but I can't see that happening any longer.
And unless Giambi wants to take a mere $5M over his $5M buyout, he's as good as gone. It's been a strange life with Giambi as a Yankee. Part euphoric, part embarrassing, mostly frustrating. He seems a nice enough guy, fun to be around, but he can't play ANY defense and he sure isn't getting any younger and his bat speed ain't improving. He's one of the guys I really wish I had a chance to meet in person.
With Nady returning in 2009, likely to Abreu's spot in RF, Matsui in LF/DH, Damon LF/CF/DH, plus Melky and some of the other kids on the farm now enjoying their cups of coffee, this team needs to do something. I'd look to flip Matsui to SF (Fred Lewis, please!), Melky and others for pitching.
Bottom line, these will be the last few days for Abreu, Giambi and many others. It's time. And oh by the way, Pettitte's gone, too.
(thanks to nystadiuminsider.com for the picture above)