Monday, March 06, 2006

Abreu to be traded???

Mike Berquist and "A Citizen's Blog" returns (welcome back!) with a fleeting mention about Abreu "certainly" going to be traded.

Well, Bobby's one of my favorite players, but no one is above being traded. So I'm looking forward to Mike's thinking about this.

My thoughts:

1) Abreu is the best we have at getting on base, and is one of the best in the league at that.

2) Abreu is also one of the best we have in slugging.

3) Abreu is an above average baserunner, with an excellent successful percentage.

4) Abreu has a gun in right field, which helps make up for his below average fielding.

5) Although not a clubhouse leader, Abreu does not detract in any meaningful way from the club, such as calling his manager out, demanding prima-Donna treatment, dissing the media, etc.

6) Abreu does not have the "name buzz" kind of recognition that might generate a monster trade. In fact I believe he's a little undervalued in the average fans' eyes (certainly in the Phillies' fans eyes), and that would probably hurt his trade value.

7) It's unlikely that the Phillies would trade for another outfielder, which would be akin to shuffling deck chairs. So the only other two reasons to trade Abreu would be

a) for prospects, or
b) for a top flight pitcher

any other trade would be pointless.

a) So, it by the trading deadline, the Phils are out of the playoffs (highly unlikely, I think, but possible), I could certainly see trading Abreu for some big time prospects to a contending team.

b) however if the Phils have serious problems with their pitching, I could see them trading for a top ace to stabilize the rotation if they're still close in the division.

8) All of the above aside, Abreu is almost certainly the most tradeable of the Phils' players, and isn't especially popular in Philadelphia, so from that perspective, a trade could happen.

Just my 2 cents worth.


At 12:01 PM, Blogger Chris said...

What 'top flight' pitcher is out there, though? Maybe Zito, if you consider him top-flight, but he'd be a free agent at the end of the year and they'd have to sink a lot of money into him. Why would they trade a high salary only to get another one back???


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