The news came in about an hour ago that Bobby Abreu has been trade, along with Corey "American" Lidle to the Evil Empire for minor league players, some named now, other(s) to be named.
I find the news bittersweet, because he had many good years in Philadelphia. But I do feel that it is time to trade him. He is owed $15 million next year, and his skills are in an obvious decline. For a team like the Phillies, it is difficult to defend paying a player who hit below .300 and below 20 homeruns that much money, regardless of his OBP.
Like many other onlookers, I never became a big fan of Abreu, for two main reasons. One, watching him half-ass it in the outfield for many years was nauseating. Two, he never lived up to the his potential. If you read the comments of many Phillies fans, you would think Abreu was on his way to the hall of fame. But in reality, he is a 32 year old outfield with a lifetime .301 average but only 198 homeruns. Given his recent trends, he will finish his career below .300 and likely will not top 250 homers.
This is not Scott Rolen. This is not Curt Schilling. The Phils are not trading a player in the prime of his career. They are trading a player with a good, not great, history, with a huge contract, and declining skills.
That being said, it is a sad day when a good player gets traded. Evem sadder considering he is going to the most hated team in sports, for the simple reason that they have the money to accumulate high paid players. The economics of baseball, where one team benefits from the financial contraints of other teams, are obvious in a deal like this. It is nice to see the Phils unload a bad contract, but it's a bittersweet ending...