If you look at the players involved in the trade the Phillies made on Sunday with the Yankees, you would think the Bronx Bombers saw the Phillies as the little kid in the candy shop. The Yankees got an All Star right fielder in Bobby Abreu and a starter in Cory Lidle who will have a huge impact on the extremely shaky bottom half of the Yanks rotation.
If you are a Phillies fan, you know this deal wasn't as simple as the players swapping teams. This is a trade which signifies the dark cloud of Ed Wade's tenure finally passing. Not that Bobby was necessarily part of that, but this move signifies a real change. Bobby Abreu was the centerpiece of the Phillies line up for the last decade. He will now go to a real contender and join Sal Fasano in a different color pinstripes with a legitimate chance at a ring.
Was this a good trade for the Phillies? Like most deals you won't be able to tell for years down the road if the Phillies got the kind of value in return for such a great player as Abreu. But the fact of the matter is that Bobby Abreu's huge contract and no trade clause (thanks Ed!) made Abreu almost untradeable. I'd be surprised if there was more than one other team who really could have pulled off a deal for Abreu. The Yankees knew they were the only team interested and therefore didn't have to give up their top prospects.
So it was more of a salary dump than a great trade for the Phillies. It could even turn out to be a horrible trade a few years from now. The Phillies haven't made the playoffs in decades. Sure, they could have made the playoffs next year with Abreu and his huge contract but I think Philadelphian's have come to expect the worst out of the current squad. Gillick's sentiments seem to show that he believes the team as of Sunday night still needs a lot of work. And it surely does. But with 3 expensive, aging veterans out and 6 young prospects in, the Phillies have new life.
I don't think anyone expects miracles out of this bunch. But with Utely, Howard, Rollins and company around for years to come the Phillies have some stars in place.
Maybe we'll get lucky and one of these prospects will end up being a diamond in the rough which could help the Phillies make the playoffs.. ever. Don't hold your breath Philadelphia. It feels a bit weird to think Abreu will no longer lollygag in right at Citizens Bank Park. At least we don't have to listen to Abreu haters anymore.
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Rodney McLeod will be a game-time decision on Sunday against the Giants.
And the Eagles are really hoping he's able to play.
McLeod is questionable with a hamstring injury he suffered against the Chiefs, while his backups, Corey Graham and Jaylen Watkins, have been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Giants with hamstring injuries of their own. Earlier in the day, head coach Doug Pederson said Graham and Watkins would be game-time decisions too; turns out that isn't the case.
McLeod said he has been healing throughout the week but truly won't know if he'll be able to play or not until Sunday before the game. He was a limited participant in Friday's practice after missing Wednesday and Thursday. The other two members of the Hamstrung Trio missed all three days.
In addition to Graham and Watkins, Destiny Vaeao (wrist) and Ronald Darby (ankle) have also been ruled out for Sunday. Torrey Smith (illness) is questionable.
After injuring his hamstring early during last Sunday's game, McLeod was visibly hurting and upset about the injury. He said he's been focusing on treatment all week and is starting to feel better.
Missing Sunday's game will be tough for Graham because it will snap his 159-game consecutive streak. It was the second-longest among defensive backs in the league. It hurts the Eagles even more.
With two safeties already ruled out and one questionable, the Eagles are in a tough spot at safety. Their only truly healthy players at the position are Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Maragos and newcomer Trae Elston.
What are the options if McLeod can't play?
"Just look at the roster, see who we got," Pederson said. "There's Maragos, we signed Trae. If those two guys, who else you going to ... I'll go back there and play if I have to."