May, 22, 2007
As SI.com's Luke Winn notes, thanks to Shane Victorino the Phillies aren't exactly broken up about the "loss" of Bobby Abreu:
A two-time Rule V draftee who first cracked the majors in 2003 with the Padres, Victorino was granted his first everyday playing opportunity by Philly in late 2006, after star Bobby Abreu was shipped to the Yankees on July 30. Victorino remained the Phils' opening-day starter in '07, and through 44 games this year has done something no one expected: outperformed a slumping Abreu in batting average (.270 to .243), OBP (.355 to .320) and OPS (.723 to .634), while making $15.19 million less than Abreu in salary ($410,000 to $15.6 million).
Two things about this.