A hot rumor of late has the Red Sox interested in bringing Bobby Abreu to Beantown, but I don't think there's a shred of truth to it.
First off, where are we going to put him?
Unless he's being dealt for Trot Nixon and prospects, there's no place for Abreu here--for the short-or the long-term. And Trot is in a contract year and playing some great baseball. Better than Abreu right now. There's no need to move him. At season's end, he'd probably consider signing a short-term extension for hometown money. That is, if Theo and company decide they want him back. It's not worth sending Trot away for a guy making $13.6 million this year and $15 million next. Besides, aren't we grooming Willy Mo for a spot in the outfield?
We're not trading Manny to get Abreu either. Not now.
Before the start of the season I thought Abreu and some pitching was at least enough to get a conversation started. Not anymore. Manny's money. And playing a great left field--with or without a partial tear of the meniscus. He seems to be happy here. His agent even says he wants to finish his career here. We'll see.
Lastly, can Abreu pitch? Didn't think so.
I think the Abreu to Boston rumor is something the Phillies have floated out there. They're probably trying to drive up the asking price, so they can pry Philip Hughes and more away from the desperate Yankees. I don't see a trade involving Abreu and the Red Sox happening. No way.
What do you think? Are you with me?