Phillies: Most impactful trade made with every team
New York Yankees: Bobby Abreu
"On July 30, 2006, the Philadelphia Phillies traded Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle to the New York Yankees for C.J. Henry, Jesus Sanchez, Carlos Monasterios and Matt Smith."
Bobby Abreu, among the Phillies’ newest Wall of Fame inductees who recently appeared on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the first time (5.5%), will go down as being among the players that helped transition the team from Veterans Stadium to Citizens Bank Park. In fact, he became the first player in the latter venue’s history to record a home run, run and RBI, all in the first inning at the April 12, 2004, home opener.
Across parts of nine seasons with the team from 1998 to 2006, the Maracay, Venezuela, native slashed .303/.416/.513 with 348 doubles, 42 triples, 195 home runs, 815 RBI, 254 stolen bases, 947 walks and 1,078 strikeouts. Not to mention, Abreu was a staple as the team’s right fielder; among National League players at the position, he recorded the most putouts in 2000 (338); for assists, he recorded the most in both 1998 (17) and 2000 (13). In 2005, he earned his first and only career Gold Glove Award.
Abreu was just as impactful at the plate, logging a Silver Slugger Award in 2004, a NL-best 11 triples in 1999, and an MLB-best 124 walks in 2006.
Ultimately, as part of Pat Gillick‘s early moves made as Phillies general manager, Abreu was dealt away to the New York Yankees, along with starting pitcher Cory Lidle. Abreu finished 2006 batting .330 in 58 games in Yankees pinstripes; he finished his career playing for them until 2008, followed by the Los Angeles Angels (2009-12), Los Angeles Dodgers (2012) and New York Mets (2014). The Phillies brought back Abreu for 2014 spring training, however he was ultimately released in late March, before signing just days later with the Mets.
Abreu played 18 seasons, and, his 1,476 career walks ranks 20th in MLB history. Nearly 950 of them (947) came while a member of the Phillies.
– Matt Rappa contributed to this report