Details have surfaced about this afternoon's blockbuster trade with the Yankees.
Yankees receive: OF Bobby Abreu, P Cory Lidle
Phillies receive: LHP Matt Smith (Triple-A), SS C.J. Henry (Class-A), minor leaguer to be named later (FoxSports says there will be two minor leaguers named later).
Here are the numbers for the players we know
Henry (Class-A SS): 274 ABs, 2 HR, .237 BA, .326 OBP, .350 SLG
Smith (AAA LHP): 26 IP, 0-1, 2.08 ERA, 22 SO, 8 BB, 3 HR
The first sign the Phillies were primarily motivated to dump Abreu's salary and yield little else should have been when they started listening to offers from the Yankees. They are the only team that could afford Abreu's remaining contract. They were one of only three teams he would have waived his no-trade contract for. With Hughes and Tabata off the table – a development that is still unacceptable for the players they got in return – the Yankees have little to offer that the Phillies can truly build on. This is a move designed to give the Phils financial wiggle room and change team chemistry.
With that in mind, my emotions are still mixed, my opinion uncertain. If I had to say one thing, it's that this whole situation is a shame.
Future considerations pending, this is one of the most one-sided deals in Phillies history, even if the ultimate goal was to move forward and change the dynamic of the club.
No matter how one sees it, the Phillies have been beaten yet again, and as fans, we're looking up from the bottom of the well. But looking up nonetheless.