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More than a rumor: White Sox could sign Bobby Abreu

There are 147 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 3, 2009, titled More than a rumor: White Sox could sign Bobby Abreu. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Because no one is denying it - and each side may have its reasons - the Bobby Abreu rumor that says the White Sox offered the free agent a bargain-basement low $8 million won't go away.

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rebmeMasneMoNsIo tnaSnoR

United States

#1 Feb 3, 2009
Pass
fascinating

AOL

#2 Feb 3, 2009
He seems more like a piece you would pick up if you were close to making a run for a division title. With only three starting pitchers we can presume to rely upon, the Sox are nowhere near contenders. Better to try out the kids in a rebuilding year. Unless Williams bolsters the staff, that's all 2009 is going to be and Abreu's big salary would be money down a rathole.
tjb49

Mason, MI

#3 Feb 4, 2009
Just a question. How much longer will a guy in his mid 30s tear up the base paths? It just seems his acquisition doesn't fill a hole as much as save (?) money by making Dye available for trading. Competitive is good...winning is better!
SthSideAussie

Bulimba, Australia

#4 Feb 4, 2009
We don't need this guy. A good lead off man would be nice, even Cabrera back. Dye has been all class and deserves to stay.
GoGoSox

Gurnee, IL

#5 Feb 4, 2009
This continues to be puzzling. If you have a good deal out there for Dye or Konerko (Angels?) then make it. Otherwise, why keep talking to Abreu?

I think he's a pal of Ozzie's and I know they like the fact that they could sign him without giving up a draft pick. If you can get a pitcher/leadoff guy for Dye, with Abreu waiting in the wings, it's almost like a freebie.

I don't see it. Dye will probably be back, which is fine by me.
bearfan730

Bloomfield Hills, MI

#6 Feb 4, 2009
There are better ways to spend $8 million. I'd rather have Dye. Although neither will win a golden glove, I'd rather have Dye parolling right than Abreu the butcher. Give me Dye over Abreu any day with the game on the line.
Frank

Glendale Heights, IL

#7 Feb 4, 2009
Go after the Cubans.
ldc

Champaign, IL

#8 Feb 4, 2009
fascinating wrote:
He seems more like a piece you would pick up if you were close to making a run for a division title. With only three starting pitchers we can presume to rely upon, the Sox are nowhere near contenders. Better to try out the kids in a rebuilding year. Unless Williams bolsters the staff, that's all 2009 is going to be and Abreu's big salary would be money down a rathole.
The Sox are very much contenders this season.

You could have made the same argument last year.

"With only three reliable starters, they aren't contenders."

Guess what? The two unreliable starters were the staff aces.

If the top three hold pat, and Colon stays healthy and gives you a 500 record, the Sox are easily in contention.

And if they can move Dye, get Abreu and add another major-league player, they are even better off.

it's funny.

Now people are saying Dye is this AMAZING fielder and Abreu is horrible.

Truth is, neither is as good nor bad as people make them out to be.

Besides -- they could move Quentin to right and Abreu to the Carlos Lee position.

I like the idea, but only if you can move Dye, and only if you can get something decent for Dye in return.

I'll take 20 HR, 20 SB, 300 average and 380 OBP over Dye any day.
JULIO CRUZS COUSIN LARRY

Naperville, IL

#9 Feb 4, 2009
forget him. get manny ramirez - put him in left and move carlos to right and Dye to DH and get rid of Thome - he's too old now.
Shawn

Coal City, IL

#10 Feb 4, 2009
I don't get the constant urge to trade JD. He's been one of the best outfielders in the AL the past few years, and he's been one of the Sox's most consistent players. He was an MVP candidate a few years ago.

Keep JD!
32dutch

Chicago, IL

#11 Feb 4, 2009
In Kenny Williams I trust.
Teejeigh

Rockford, IL

#12 Feb 4, 2009
Unless you count Manny's "time" as different from that of Albert Pujols, he's not the game's "best right-handed hitter." Albert is.
windycity1950

United States

#13 Feb 4, 2009
Nah, I'd still go manny over pujols. But anyway, I think this year will be a good one if Colon can keep up with his spot in the rotation. All things being equal, I would take Abreu over Dye, and nothing against Dye, he is solid. But one thing we had problems with were moving guys around last season. Abreu might help with that far as stolen bases and OBP. They won't get rid of Thome or Konerko because they can't. And Reiny won't pay someone to let them sit. Dye is actually worth the money at this point. Best chance is of moving Dye, I hate to say it....
Scott

Berkeley, IL

#14 Feb 4, 2009
Teejeigh wrote:
Unless you count Manny's "time" as different from that of Albert Pujols, he's not the game's "best right-handed hitter." Albert is.
.

I can't stand Manny, but he has done it much longer than Pujols.
Jim

Palatine, IL

#15 Feb 4, 2009
Please keep JD on the Sox!!!
Rick

Chicago, IL

#16 Feb 4, 2009
ldc wrote:
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The Sox are very much contenders this season.
You could have made the same argument last year.
"With only three reliable starters, they aren't contenders."
Guess what? The two unreliable starters were the staff aces.
If the top three hold pat, and Colon stays healthy and gives you a 500 record, the Sox are easily in contention.
And if they can move Dye, get Abreu and add another major-league player, they are even better off.
it's funny.
Now people are saying Dye is this AMAZING fielder and Abreu is horrible.
Truth is, neither is as good nor bad as people make them out to be.
Besides -- they could move Quentin to right and Abreu to the Carlos Lee position.
I like the idea, but only if you can move Dye, and only if you can get something decent for Dye in return.
I'll take 20 HR, 20 SB, 300 average and 380 OBP over Dye any day.
Actually they are both bad fielders. The new Bill James handbook has Dye at -72 and Abreu at -52. Dye is rated as the 2nd worst outfielder in baseball. Second to Pat Burrell.
Philly Fan 88

Gilbertsville, PA

#17 Feb 4, 2009
Pass Pass Pass, Abreu is all stats and NEVER hits in the clutch. Dye is much more valuable.
kaddiej

Philadelphia, PA

#18 Feb 4, 2009
A dog a stat guy only never plays hard philles got better after they gave him away
KW Fan

Lake Forest, IL

#19 Feb 4, 2009
Rick wrote:
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Actually they are both bad fielders. The new Bill James handbook has Dye at -72 and Abreu at -52. Dye is rated as the 2nd worst outfielder in baseball. Second to Pat Burrell.
There is almost no question any team is better off with Abreu than Dye, which is the reason this makes absolutely no sense. Why would any team not just take Abreu for less money than Dye and not have to give up anyone on top of that?
Dye stays until the all star break.
Patrick

United States

#20 Feb 4, 2009
KW Fan wrote:
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There is almost no question any team is better off with Abreu than Dye, which is the reason this makes absolutely no sense. Why would any team not just take Abreu for less money than Dye and not have to give up anyone on top of that?
Dye stays until the all star break.
Thanks for injecting logic into this. This feels like a deliberate leak by KW to make fans think he's active in this market. Abreu's agent would keep this false rumor going because it benefits his client by creating some interest.

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