Thursday, January 12, 2006

Updated List of Abreu Trade Rumors Vol. 2

We can only sit back and wonder what Phillies GM Pat Gillick means when he claims the Phillies had a major deal with an unidentified team fall apart - a deal that would have brought the Phillies a No. 1 or No. 2 starter. It has been widely speculated that Phillies RF Bobby Abreu would have been shipped out in such a deal, but even that is not a 100% certainty. Gillick has been especially careful when making public remarks about any rumored deal this offseason - not that it common practice for general managers to name names when talking to the media, but Gillick is notorious for running a very quiet, speculation-free front office. Since there is no news to report besides a deal we know little about falling apart, it seems like as good a time as any to update the Bobby Abreu trade rumor list. Two new names that have surfaced in response to Gillick's "Could the [unknown, but close to happening] deal eventually happen? I'm not optimistic" comments yesterday are White Sox SP Jose Contreras and Red Sox SP Josh Beckett. Interesting names, but not fact based enough to warrant a spot on our list - judgement call on my part. The list thus far...

  1. Abreu to the Orioles for OF Jay Gibbons and LHP Eric Bedard
  2. Abreu to the Red Sox for OF Trot Nixon and RHP Matt Clement
  3. Abreu to the Yankees with C Mike Lieberthal for RHP Carl Pavano, C Jorge Posada and 3B Eric Duncan
  4. Abreu to the Cardinals for RHP Anthony Reyes and RHP Jason Marquis
  5. Abreu to the Blue Jays for CF Vernon Wells
  6. Abreu to the Giants for RHP Jason Schmidt
  7. Abreu to the Astros for RHP Chad Qualls and RHP Brandon Backe
  8. Abreu to the Dodgers with 3B David Bell for RHP Brad Penny OR RHP Derek Lowe
  9. Abreu to the Athletics with C Mike Lieberthal and SP Gavin Floyd for LHP Barry Zito and C Jason Kendall
  10. Abreu to the Orioles for SS Miguel Tejada
  11. Abreu to the Red Sox with OF Jason Michaels and SP Gavin Floyd for OF Manny Ramirez and SP Matt Clement


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