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Abreu to Apple?

Yankees close to acquiring Phillies' two-time All-Star

Posted: Sunday July 30, 2006 1:18PM; Updated: Sunday July 30, 2006 3:24PM
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Bobby Abreu has hit at least 20 home runs in seven straight seasons and knocked in 100 runs or more in four out of the last five.
Bobby Abreu has hit at least 20 home runs in seven straight seasons and knocked in 100 runs or more in four out of the last five.
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The Yankees have reached a tentative agreement to acquire outfielder Bobby Abreu and pitcher Cory Lidle from the Phillies and are waiting only for Abreu to formally sign off on the deal.

The Yankees have agreed to send shortstop prospect C.J. Henry, pitching prospect Matt Smith to Philadelphia and one or two more prospects from a list Philadelphia is now mulling. Henry was the No. 1 pick of the Yankees last year.

The Yankees have long held an advantage in a limited market for Abreu since they've signaled a willingness to pay the $22 million that remains on his contract.

Abreu, who has a no-trade clause but also owns a condo in Midtown Manhattan, has told friends all along he'd be willing to go to a "major market.'' Apparently he isn't asking for any extra financial consideration to go to New York.

With the Yankees on the verge of acquiring Abreu, whose contract runs through next year (with an option for 2008), it would signal the impending end to Gary Sheffield's Yankees career. The Yankees hold a $13-million option next year on Sheffield, who has been out for months a wrist injury but has targeted early September for his return.

Abreu is hitting .277 with eight homers and 65 RBIs. Lidle is 8-7 with a 4.74 ERA but has won his last four starts.

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