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Yankees Pick Up Abreu, Lidle From Phillies

Bobby Abreu, who was pulled from the lineup 10 minutes before game time, sat in the dugout as the Phillies played the Marlins.
Bobby Abreu, who was pulled from the lineup 10 minutes before game time, sat in the dugout as the Phillies played the Marlins. (By George Widman -- Associated Press)
Monday, July 31, 2006

The Yankees acquired all-star RF Bobby Abreu and starting pitcher Cory Lidle from the Phillies yesterday for four minor league prospects.

Desperate for pitching help and needing a bat in their depleted outfield, the Yankees took on Abreu's hefty contract, hoping he can help them catch first-place Boston in the AL East.

The Phillies get LHP Matt Smith and Class A SS C.J. Henry -- a first-round draft pick in 2005. They also landed rookie league C Jesus Sanchez and RHP Carlos Monasteries .

Abreu, who had to waive his no-trade clause to accept the deal, is making $13.5 million this year and is owed $15.5 million next season. He has a club option for $16 million in 2008 with a $2 million buyout.

Abreu was batting .277 with eight homers and 65 RBI. His 91 walks led the majors and his .427 on-base percentage was third in the National League. He has 198 home runs and 841 RBI over 10 seasons.

Lidle provides depth in a rotation that has struggled because of injuries and inconsistency. The 34-year-old right-hander is 8-7 with a 4.74 ERA in 21 starts this season. He has won his last four starts, pitching eight innings in each of the last two.

· RED SOX ADD COREY : The Rangers traded RHP Bryan Corey to the Red Sox for minor league P Luis Mendoza .

Corey was designated for assignment Tuesday when the Rangers activated starting pitcher Adam Eaton from the disabled list. . . .

Red Sox P Keith Foulke was a last-minute scratch from his scheduled rehabilitation start yesterday for Class AAA Pawtucket because of a sore back.

Foulke, who has been on the disabled list since June 13 with right elbow tendinitis, warmed up for 10 minutes before the game, then changed into street clothes after returning to the clubhouse.

· RANGERS GET OJEDA: The Rangers acquired C Miguel Ojeda from the Rockies for cash and assigned him to Class AAA Oklahoma. Ojeda has played in parts of four major league seasons with San Diego, Seattle and Colorado.

-- From News Services


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