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Yankees to get Vazquez from Braves

Posted on: December 22, 2009 9:52 am
Edited on: December 22, 2009 12:15 pm
 
The Yankees and Braves have agreed to a trade that will send Javier Vazquez back to New York, CBSSports.com has confirmed.

Melky Cabrera will go to the Braves, along with pitcher Mike Dunn and top prospect Arodys Vizcaino. The Yankees will also get left-hander Boone Logan.

The New York Post first reported the deal this morning.

The 33-year-old Vazquez, who is coming off maybe the best season of his 12-year career, fills the Yankees' need for a proven starter to team with CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Andy Pettitte. The Yankees are still expected to have both Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes come to spring training as starting pitchers, but barring an injury at least one of them will open the season in the bullpen.

Vazquez wasn't very good in his first stay in the Bronx, going 14-10 in 2004, with a 4.91 ERA that is still the second-highest of his career. He was included in the Randy Johnson trade with Arizona after the season, then went on to the White Sox before landing with the Braves in a trade last winter.

He found a home in Atlanta, where he was second in the National League in strikeouts (238), and third in WHIP (1.026). The Braves weren't anxious to trade him, but they could afford to move a starting pitcher and needed a hitter, and they found that Vazquez had much more value than Derek Lowe.

Lowe has three years and $45 million remaining on the contract he signed last winter. The Braves were willing to pay some of that money in the right deal, but still weren't able to find anything to their liking.

So Lowe stays, in a rotation that also includes Tim Hudson, Jair Jurrjens, Tommy Hanson and Kenshin Kawakami. Cabrera moves into the Braves outfield, and there's a chance that his arrival could make Jordan Schafer more available in a trade.

The Braves still need another hitter, and by trading Vazquez for Cabrera, they've freed up about $9 million. That's not enough to bid seriously for Matt Holliday and Jason Bay (Braves people say both remain out of their price range), but it could be enough to add a second-tier free agent such as Jermaine Dye, Marlon Byrd or Johnny Damon, or to add money in a trade.

Cabrera, 25, hit .274 with 13 home runs and 68 RBIs for the Yankees in 2009. He lost his spot in center field when the Yankees traded for Curtis Granderson, but he was still the leading candidate to play left field.

Brett Gardner remains as an outfield option, but it seems almost certain that the Yankees will acquire another left fielder before Opening Day. To this point, they haven't seemed to show great interest in either Holliday or Bay, and they appeared last week to be cutting ties with Damon.

The addition of Vazquez, who will make $11.5 million in 2010, pushes the Yankees' salary commitments very close to $200 million. General manager Brian Cashman insisted last week that the Yankee payroll, just over $200 million last year, will fall in 2010.

The Yankees have said similar things in the past, only to break the promises. But if they keep their word this time, Holliday, Bay and even Damon would almost certainly be out of their price range.



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Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2009 3:42 pm
 

Yankees to get Vazquez from Braves

He's a primo national league pitcher.

But...

Check out his stats his last go-round in NY.

Decent, yet unspectacular WHIP wise, and a terrible ERA.

Still helps their woeful back end of the rotation.

Just needed to reply to one of the many e-mails regarding STATS.  People have to remember he played for NY 1 year coming from 6 years w/ MONTREAL...Yep, thats right...MONTREAL...Remember that team?  Barely...right?  Another thing, He pitched injured that ONE year and STILL tossed for JUST under 200 innings and 14 wins for the Yankees.   Here are some of the MAJOR stats from Javier. 

2004 - NY YANKEES
14 WINS
10 LOSSES
4.91 ERA
32 GAMES PITCHED
198 INNINGS PITCHED
60 WALKS
150 STRIKE OUTS
1.288 WHIP

2009 - ATLANTA BRAVES
15 WINS
10 LOSSES
2.87 ERA
32 GAMES PITCHED
219.1 INNINGS PITCHED
44 WALKS
238 STRIKE OUTS
1.026 WHIP

Please show me any other pitcher who is the #4 starting pitcher on another team who has better numbers than that.  Besides, it's for ONE year.  Even if Javier gives the Yankees the same numbers as 2004...it's still a good #4 pitcher.  He gives us 2009 numbers...The Yankees hit the jackpot and didn't have to pay 20 million for 3 years.  Don't see him AT ALL going below those 2004 numbers and now that he is just a #4 starting pitcher.  Playing in NY won't be a big deal. 



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2009 3:28 pm
 

Yankees to get Vazquez from Braves

He's a primo national league pitcher.

But...

Check out his stats his last go-round in NY.

Decent, yet unspectacular WHIP wise, and a terrible ERA.

Still helps their woeful back end of the rotation.

Just needed to reply to one of the many e-mails regarding STATS.  People have to remember he played for NY 1 year coming from 6 years w/ MONTREAL...Yep, thats right...MONTREAL...Remember that team?  Barely...right?  Another thing, He pitched injured that ONE year and STILL tossed for JUST under 200 innings and 14 wins for the Yankees.   Here are some of the MAJOR stats from Javier. 

2004 - NY YANKEES
14 WINS
10 LOSSES
4.91 ERA
32 GAMES PITCHED
198 INNINGS PITCHED
60 WALKS
150 STRIKE OUTS
1.288 WHIP

2009 - ATLANTA BRAVES
15 WINS
10 LOSSES
2.87 ERA
32 GAMES PITCHED
219.1 INNINGS PITCHED
44 WALKS
238 STRIKE OUTS
1.026 WHIP

Please show me any other pitcher who is the #4 starting pitcher on another team who has better numbers than that.  Besides, it's for ONE year.  Even if Javier gives the Yankees the same numbers as 2004...it's still a good #4 pitcher.  He gives us 2009 numbers...The Yankees hit the jackpot and didn't have to pay 20 million for 3 years.  Don't see him AT ALL going below those 2004 numbers and now that he is just a #4 starting pitcher.  Playing in NY won't be a big deal. 


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