Lots to blog about

It’s that time of year when blog topics are everywhere you look.

AbreuBobby Abreu is officially on his way to the Yankees along with Cory Lidle, for four Minor Leaguers. For the curious, Abreu is 12-for-31 (.387) with a .500 OBP against A.J. Burnett, who is scheduled to start for Toronto in the opener of the series Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. Do you bat Abreu fifth? MLBlogs.com will be sizzling with thoughts about this one, and the beat goes on.

Here is the announcement from the Phils:

PHILLIES TRADE ABREU, LIDLE TO YANKEES FOR FOUR PROSPECTS

Veteran players rightfielder Bobby Abreu, 32, and righthander Cory Lidle, 34, were traded to the New York Yankees for four prospects – shortstop C. J. Henry, 20, left-handed reliever Matt Smith, 27, catcher Jesus Sanchez, 18, and right-handed pitcher Carlos Monastrios, 20 – Vice President & General Manager Pat Gillick announced this afternoon.

C. J. Henry, SS

B-T: R-R . . . 6-3, 205 . . . Born: May 31, 1986, Oklahoma City, OK . . . Resides: Oklahoma City . . . Originally selected by the Yankees in the first round (17th player overall) of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft . . . Was named the 2005 Oklahoma High School Player of the Year and also named by Baseball America as a first-team High School All American . . . Hit .481 at Putnam City High School in 2005 with 13 home runs and 41 RBI in 37 games.

Henry is hitting .232 in 76 games for the Charleston RiverDogs in the single-A South Atlantic League.  He has 19 doubles, three triples and two home runs with 33 RBI and 35 runs scored.  After hitting .211 through the first two months, Henry is hitting .254 in the last two months, collecting 11 of his doubles and 21 of his RBI.  He will be assigned to single-A Lakewood, also of the South Atlantic League.

Henry made his pro debut last summer with the Yankees’ rookie-level Gulf Coast League team, hitting .249 in 48 games. Baseball America named him the fourth-best prospect in the Yankees organization after the season.

Matt Smith, LHP

B-T: L-L . . . 6-4, 220 . . . Born: June 15, 1979, Las Vegas, NV . . . Resides: Henderson, NV . . . Originally selected by the Yankees in the fourth round of the 2000 First-Year Player Draft out of Oklahoma State University . . . Was the school’s all-time strikeout leader (348 over three years) when selected.

Smith has relieved for both the Yankees and triple-A Columbus this season.  He began the season with Columbus, was promoted after three scoreless appearances and relieved three times in the majors, returned to Columbus, recalled again on June 4 and back to triple-A on July 4.

Smith pitched a total of 12.0 scoreless innings for the Yankees over 12 games, allowing four hits and eight walks while striking out nine.  With Columbus, he went 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 24 games. 

Last season, Smith was converted from a starter to a reliever while splitting time between double-A Trenton and Columbus.  He was 3-1 with a 1.55 ERA in 18 appearances at Trenton before moving up to Columbus’ bullpen where he was 2-0 with a 2.60 ERA in 25 appearances.  He also pitched for Grand Canyon in the Arizona Fall League and for Team USA on the Olympic Qualifying team.

Jesus Sanchez, C

B-T: R-R . . . 5-11, 160 . . . Born: September 24, 1987, Valencia, VZ . . . Resides: Valencia . . . Originally signed by the Yankees as an amateur free agent, July 2, 2004.

Playing for the Gulf Coast Yankees this season, Sanchez was hitting .264 in 23 games with five doubles and 10 RBI.  He had eight multi-hit games.  He made his professional debut in 2005 with the Yankees’ team in the Dominican Summer League.

Carlos Monasterios, RHP

B-T: R-R . . . 6-2, 175 . . . Born: August 17, 1985, Miranda, VZ . . . Resides: Miranda . . . Originally signed by the Yankees as an amateur free agent, September 22, 2004.

Monasterios was also pitching for the Gulf Coast Yankees.  He was 1-2 with a 2.97 ERA in seven games (three starts).  In 30.1 innings, he allowed 23 hits while walking three and striking out 24.  Opponents were batting .207 against him.   He, too, made his debut in the Dominican Summer League last season, going 1-1 with a 0.59 ERA in 13 games.

Both Sanchez and Monasterios will be assigned to the Phillies’ Gulf Coast League team in Clearwater Fla.

Abreu/Lidle Stats

Abreu was hitting .277 with eight home runs and 65 RBI and a major league-leading 91 walks in 98 games for the Phillies this season.  He finished his Phillies career with a .303 career average, 195 home runs, 814 RBI and a .416 on-base percentage.  Abreu had 947 walks as a Phillie, second-most in club history.  He was acquired after the 1997 season in a trade with Tampa Bay for shortstop Kevin Stocker.

Lidle was 8-7 with a 4.74 ERA in 21 starts for the Phillies this season.  In 62 career starts for the Phillies, he was 26-20 with a 4.50 ERA and three complete games.  He was originally acquired on August 9, 2004 from Cincinnati for three minor leaguers. . . .

 

Elsewhere around MLBlogs…

Blog your thoughts about that or any other deal done or in the works, and Tom Singer’s Trade Deadline Reality Check is another place to leave comments/questions as tomorrow’s deadline nears. Catch T.R. Sullivan’s post about the Carlos Lee deal if you missed it. Who’s going where? And how much do you miss Peter Gammons at this time of year?

Bruce Sutter just took the podium in Cooperstown. It’s a good day to blog memories of the splitter-throwing reliever and also look ahead to next year’s class. Ripken and Gwynn are locks; is McGwire still a lock as well? Check out Hall prez Dale Petroskey’s blog live from the festivities, including his photo album.

Chase Utley just extended his hitting streak to 30 games. What’s amazing is that this season began with his teammate, Jimmy Rollins, in the upper 30s. One thing’s for sure: Utley won’t have his streak slowed by an offseason. At what point do you get really interested in hitting streaks?

One of our newest MLBloggers has an autograph-collecting theme at Sign here please. What’s the best autograph you ever got, and what tips do you have for getting signatures?

The Reds and Cards are going to be meeting in home-and-home series shortly. Who wins the NL Central this year? Two full months to go — what do you think of the playoff picture?

Who would have thought that Mark Prior (now 0-4) would have gone just 17-15 to date following that 2003 postseason for the Cubs? He was 18-6 with a 2.43 ERA and a 245/50 K/BB ratio in that first full season. A reminder to enjoy the moment; you never know what’s around the bend in baseball or life.

More new MLBlogs just added to the Active Roster, and please welcome the new Rookies!

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