As is the case every year we knew that it wasn’t a matter ofÂ IF the New York Yankees were going to try and strike a deal to improve their ball club, but WHEN will the Bronx Bombers strike a deal.Â Those questions were answered on Sunday with their acquisition of Bobby Abreau and Cory Lidle from the Philadelphia Phillies.
Abreau should give the Yankees a nice boost in the lineup to try and fill the void leftÂ from injured outfielders Gary Sheffield and Hideki Matsui.Â In addition the Phils also shipped Cory Lidle to help in the rotation.Â Lidle is 8-7 with an ERA close to 5 this season, but has won his previous 4 starts, going deep into games the last 2.
The Phillies in return get lefty pitcher Matt Smith andÂ minor leaguerÂ C.J. Henry — a first-round draft pick in 2005. They also landedÂ first yearÂ catcher Jesus Sanchez and Carlos Monasterios a right hand starter.
What this does, is forces the Boston Redsox to probably make a move, not because they need help, but because the Boston mediaÂ should be all over Red Sox management to keep pace with the Yankees.Â Personally I feel the Redsox are fine and have good chemistry with the group they have now.Â Remember they do get David Wells, Matt Clement, and Tim Wakefield back to the rotation for the down the stretch run.Â More MLB Trade news to follow, but feel free to comment on this story.