Abreu, Lidle to Yankees

Sunday, July 30 2006 @ 02:47 PM EDT

Contributed by: Mick Doherty

In a much-rumored deal, the Phillies traded All-Star RF Bobby Abreu and former Jay RHSP Cory Lidle to to the Bronx for 20-year-old minor-league SS C.J. Henry -- the Yankees' No. 1 pick in 2005 -- and 27-year-old LHRP Matt Smith. The Phillies will also pick one other minor-league player from an undisclosed agreed-upon list, while the Yankees will take on responsibility for Abreu and Lidle's contracts.

Abreu must still formally waive his full no-trade clause for the deal to be official. This probably clinches ...

... (no, not the division!) the end of Gary Sheffield's time in New York at the close of this season, though he is likely to DH for the pinstripes the rest of this season.

Whatchathink Bauxites? Here's the ESPN.com Stark/Olney report on the deal.