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Braves set to acquire pitcher Javier Vazquez

Posted on: December 2, 2008 6:42 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2008 12:05 pm

The Atlanta Braves are close to accomplishing at least part of their winter goal of adding two front-line starting pitchers: The Braves and Chicago White Sox have agreed in principle to a six-player deal that will send pitcher Javier Vazquez to the Braves, has confirmed.

The deal is not expected to be finalized until later Wednesday because it's pending Vazquez passing a physical examination.  But a source with knowledge of the deal confirmed that, if the medicals are approved, Vazquez and reliever Boone Logan will be traded to the Braves for infielder Brent Lillibridge, minor-league catcher Tyler Flowers and two low-level minor leaguers, left-handed pitcher Santos Rodriguez and third baseman Jon Gilmore. Atlanta pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes, though discussed, is not in the deal, sources said.

Vazquez went 12-16 with a 4.67 ERA for the White Sox in 2008 and worked 200+ innings for the fourth consecutive season -- and for the eighth time in nine years.

With John Smoltz and Tim Hudson both on the shelf with injuries, and with Mike Hampton having signed with Houston on Monday, Vazquez, 32, immediately will become the elder statesman in a rotation that right now projects to include Jair Jurrjens, Jorge Campillo, Charlie Morton and Reyes.

Meantime, White Sox general manager Kenny Williams appears to have several things going on parallel paths this winter as he works to accomplish his stated goal of changing a veteran, power-oriented club into one that is both younger and more athletic.

Already this winter, the White Sox had traded outfielder Nick Swisher to the New York Yankees in a deal that brought them veteran utilityman Wilson Betemit and two minor-leaguers.

Additionally, they're speaking with Cincinnati about a potential deal that would send outfielder Jermaine Dye to the Reds.

Lillibridge, who came to Atlanta from Pittsburgh in the 2007 Mike Gonzalez trade, will add middle-infield depth for the White Sox, who are searching for either a shortstop to replace Orlando Cabrera -- or a second baseman, if they shift Alexei Ramirez from second to short.

Additionally, trading Vazquez saves the White Sox $23 million over 2009 and 2010.

For Atlanta, the trade comes one day after Hampton signed with Houston, and after several weeks' worth of wrangling with San Diego regarding Padres starter Jake Peavy.

The Braves devoted six weeks and two days toward attempting to complete that trade and, in the final hours before pulling out of the talks, thought they were about to close the deal.

The Padres, though, continued to change the names they were requesting, according to sources. And just when San Diego was expected to request that the pitcher waive his no-trade clause in a deal that would have sent pitcher Charlie Morton, shortstop Yunel Escobar, reliever Blaine Boyer and minor-league outfielder Gorkys Hernandez to the Padres, the San Diego front-office shifted yet again.

Frustrated, the Braves finally pulled out of the talks and turned their attention elsewhere.

That included the free-agent market, where they are aggressively pursuing A.J. Burnett -- and, now we know, a stop on the South Side of Chicago, where they scooped up Vazquez.

Category: MLB

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2008 2:28 am

Braves set to acquire pitcher Javier Vazquez

gatorhater:   You lose any credability you might have when you start out saying Go F*ck yourself and so on.   You are right though ,He could do well in the national leagu.   remember the year before last year he was 15-8 with a 3.7 era which is probably a 3.2 era in the national league.  How many pitchers have other teams given up on just in time for the braves to turn into studs?   who knows if that will happen ,but either way this helps out the braves for next year.   Flowers could be a great player but nobody knows for sure if he will or not and when that might be if he does.  Beyond that flowers was blocked by probably the best offensive catcher in the league in McCann. 

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2008 4:28 pm

Braves set to acquire pitcher Javier Vazquez

Vazquez didn't play for the white sox in the world series year

Since: Nov 28, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2008 4:16 pm

Braves set to acquire pitcher Javier Vazquez

Javier Vazquez will not bring them into the race with the Phillies. Simple as that.

Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2008 3:58 pm

Braves set to acquire pitcher Javier Vazquez

I feel dumber after reading that post planediddy.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2008 3:22 pm

Braves set to acquire pitcher Javier Vazquez

You were hoping the White Sox would include Dye in the deal?

The Braves would have to give up A LOT for Dye

Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2008 3:04 pm

Braves set to acquire pitcher Javier Vazquez

HOW BOUT YOU GO F***K urself you don't know jack about baseball the guy is a alrigth pitcher who posts decent numbers in the AL...and is switching to the NL with a club with good run support and wat will be the best relief bullpen in baseball peter moylan, mike gonzalez, and john smoltz nobody expecting the braves to do much without peavy or a decent hitter this year but we will suprise some ppl and small pickups like this suprise ppl so One mans garbage is another mans treasure. he could be last years kyle lohse

Since: May 26, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2008 2:05 pm

Braves set to acquire pitcher Javier Vazquez

Who cares about 200 pluse inn. with a career 4.32 ERA out of your ace doesn't sound like alot of wins.  Have fun with that piece of garabage Vazquez I can't believe the sox found someone to take his contract.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2008 1:51 pm

Braves set to acquire pitcher Javier Vazquez

Thank GOD!! Good luck Atlanta. This guy is an overpaid mental midget. To get anything for this jerk is awesome. I have NEVER been so happy to get rid of a player on our team.

Since: May 3, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2008 1:18 pm

Braves set to acquire pitcher Javier Vazquez

Good work by both GM's...Braves get depth for the rotation and Sox clear salary and add youth to their system.  Vazquez is no Ace, but he will be just fine in the NL in a pitchers park.  And a change of scenery can do wonders.  We won't have to wait long to see how Vazquez pans out for the Braves, but we will be waiting a few seasons to see how the young prospects turn out for the Sox.  If Lillibridge and Flowers live up to expectations, the Sox will be very pleased and will be considered the "winners" in this deal.

Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2008 1:03 pm

Braves set to acquire pitcher Javier Vazquez

Some think that this is a prelude to a Jermaine Dye trade in order to replace Vasquez with a younger starter and more specs.  With some of the money we have available now after this deal we can sign another outfielder to play in place of Dye/Swisher with the addition of Anderson/Owens.  It's also been heavily rumored that Williams is willing to put Thome/Konerko on the trade block.  Gotta love the future of this ball club...  Not so much 2009 (although I believe we'll flirt around .500 for sure), but in 2010 and further this will be a better team than what we've seen this past season.

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