Yanks pick up $16M option on Abreu

November 2, 2007 at 11:55 am 12 comments

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The New York Yankees exercised their $16M option on OF Bobby Abreu rather than paying a $2M buyout and letting him become a free agent. I honsetly don’t like this move. They should’ve taken the money and went after CF Aaron Rowand. He is younger, plays an incredible CF, and brings an energy and intensity to the clubhouse that is unmatched. Abreu, in my opinion, isn’t worth $16M at all on the open market. He gives you patience and a veteran presence and not much after that. Bad decision by the Yanks.

Here is the report from ESPN.com:

As expected, the New York Yankees are picking up the $16 million option on right fielder Bobby Abreu.

The Yankees had a midnight Friday deadline to decide on whether to exercise the option.

Abreu will remain in a Yankee outfield that includes Melky Cabrera in center and Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon sharing duties in left field.

If the Yankees had declined the option, they would have paid Abreu a $2 million buyout. Abreu made $15,600,000 last season.

Abreu batted .283 and hit 16 home runs and drove in 101 runs for the Yankees last season.

Information from ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney is included in this report

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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  • 1. Charlie Nehl  |  November 2, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    I think you hit the hammer on the head here. After that monsterous Home Run Derby showing a few year ago he hasn’t been the same person. I think Rowand is EXACTLY what the Yanks need. He’s a balls to the wall sort of outfielder, and hit hitting really took a good turn this year… Honestly? I wouldn’t cry if Rowand went to the Cubs.

    Abreu should be moved to left field as well. His power isn’t anywhere near as good.

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 2, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    I agree 100%. Abreu isn’t close to the same player. He doesn’t hit the homers anymore, doesn’t steal as many bases, and his arm and defense have gotten worse. He is an expensive walks machine. The only thing he has going for him is his patience and the fact he knocked in 100 runs which is irrelevant due to the fact that Jay Gibbons could’ve done the same thing in Abreu’s lineup spot. Heck, Gibbons did in in Baltimore a couple years ago. RBI are good but they are very overrated when scouting a player.

  • 3. Adam  |  November 2, 2007 at 7:54 pm

    I can’t believe I actually expected them to not pick up Abreu. I thought that they would give Shelley Duncan the chance to make something of himself.

  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 2, 2007 at 9:22 pm

    To be honest with you they should allow Duncan a chance but it should be at 1B or DH. Great call though on giving Duncan a chance, he’s a sparky guy and he’s really cheap.

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  • 6. MikeMcGinnis  |  November 4, 2007 at 10:36 pm

    competely agree and a total panic move because of the a-rod departure. the ynakees need a gritty guts situational hitting guy who is right handed. not another stat stuffing, hit weak pitching lefty bat that is not exactly a good situational hitter and is afriad of walls.

  • 7. Nicole  |  November 6, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    Bad move by the Yanks. I really didn’t think they’d pick up the option. I really thought Abreu would wind up signing with the White Sox. I figured the Yankees would go after either Rowand or Hunter and possibly look to unload Damon.

  • 8. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 6, 2007 at 7:58 pm

    The Yanks are still looking to unload Damon, possibly to the White Sox for 3B Joe Crede.

  • 9. Erik  |  November 8, 2007 at 2:44 am

    The yankees have made bad move after bad move this offseason… The first bad move was Steinbrenner giving up control to his sons who know diddely squat about baseball.

    Then basically getting rid of Torre which then brought about A-rod declining his option and then in true panic mode pick up a 16 million option on a player who because of the weak FA class seems like the best option. Now I’m not gonna lie I like Abreu because the man has the ability to hit for a high average, hit some homeruns and steal some bases. But that player is 3 years removed.

  • 10. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 8, 2007 at 7:26 am

    Good summary of Abreu Erik. You are totally correct about “that” player and him being three years removed. He’s definitely not a bad option, heck I even like the guy as a player but not at $16M and you are totally right about the sons, my goodness they seem like boneheads!

  • 11. Brooke  |  November 13, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    With all due to respect, Steinbrenner’s health is failing. If he did not give most of the control to his sons, who would control the New York Yankees? There have been reports that Steinbrenner doesn’t recall talks about Torre and other crucial information.

  • 12. Erik  |  November 13, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    Dearest Brooke,

    Granted George is not in the best of health, but he gave up control to two businessmen rather than baseball men. As far as player personnel decisions it should be a combination of the two (Business dealing with contract issues and Baseball as far as who should be on your team). He had that until he let his former son in law leave, who was incidently going to take over the team but once his infidelity happened… George’s hand was forced to put control in his inept sons’ hands.

    Now I remember when he bought the team in 1973. I remember the days of the Bronx Zoo (incidently great read). I lived in NY for the majority of my life and as evil an owner as he was … I respect that he reinvested in his team to make them a winner.

    Now his sons’ have taken the winningest franchise in sports to a level where they most overpay for players that shouldn’t be paid that much. They get rid of a steady, competent manager, and basically force the GM to have training wheels on when he makes deals. Cashman’s hands are forced to keep players like Abreu, Posada, Rivera that he must OVERPAY to keep these players. And have players past their primes with bad contracts. Posada for example is 36… Who wants a 40yr old catcher?

    Hank and Hal are bad owners only owner that is probably worse is Peter Angelos.


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