Tag:Javier Vazquez
Posted on: March 9, 2011 9:20 pm
Edited on: March 10, 2011 12:46 pm
 

3 up, 3 down for 3/9: Holland emerges for Rangers

HarangBy Evan Brunell

3 UP

1. LF Alex Gordon, KC: 3 AB, 1 R, 3 H, 2 RBI. Gordon really needed this game, as a 3-for-3 night lifted his average to just .263. Already termed a bust, Gordon is likely on his final shot to contribute to the Royals. Heck, K.C. would take simply being an average contributor. In the same game, Lance Zawadski went 2 for 3 with 3 RBI and one run scored. He's a Triple-A player who got a cup of coffee with the Padres last season. Why is this mentioned? Because Zawadski was my double-play partner in high school. Rubbing shoulders with greatness, I am.

2. SP Javier Vazquez, FLA: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K. Vazquez is looking to reclaim his status as one of the better pitchers in the game after his second turn as a Yankee was just as bad as his first. It's too early to speculate on his velocity, but the early results have to be promising for the Marlins who could be a sleeper in the NL East.

3. SP Derek Holland, TEX: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. Holland certainly vaulted himself into being a favorite to win the No. 4 rotation spot in Texas with this outing. Reports had Holland looking electric, and he may be ready to fulfill his top prospect billing.

3 DOWN

1. SP Aaron Harang, SD: 3 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. Yuck. Harang (pictured) got blasted against his former team who dressed just one projected starter in Brandon Phillips, making this outing all the more worse. Harang felt he was simply too nervous. "You kind of want to go out there and do well against your old team," Harang told the Associated Press. "I guess I look at it that it's better to get it out of the way down here than having it happen the first time throwing against them during the season." At least, Harang hopes that's the reason. The Padres, too.

2. SP Scott Kazmir, LAA: 3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 1 K. "What's Kaz doing here if he didn't give up any earned runs?" you ask. Did you happen to notice he coughed up nine baserunners in three innings? Kazmir also contributed an error when attempting a pickoff. The Angels will be very impatient with Kazmir after being nothing but a bust since the trade with Tampa Bay. The lefty says he's close to a breakthrough after simplifying his delivery. For his sake, we hope so.

3. 1B Miguel Cabrera, DET: 3 AB, 1 R, 1 H, 2 K. Cabrera was in the news Wednesday for all the wrong reasons as details emerged about the night of Feb. 16, when it was exposed to the world that Miggy still had a drinking problem. It's been three weeks since the incident and Cabrera is apparently in the best shape of his life, but he's still hitting .174 on the spring. But remember: spring statistics aren't worth the pixels on the computer screen.

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Posted on: December 2, 2010 4:24 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2010 4:53 pm
 

Vazquez to work on lost velocity

Vazquez Now that Javier Vazquez is officially a Marlin for 2011, he's hoping to find a way to address his lost fastball velocity that led to another season to forget in New York.

"It's a fact that I had a really tough year last year. I guess I can say that I don't know what happened to my velocity," Vazquez told the Palm Beach Post .

"I guess I'm at a point in my career now -- I'm 34 -- with a lot of innings in my arm. I want to start working with a physical therapist to do exercises and stretching. I'm going to start doing that as part of my off-season and in-season [program]."

Vazquez had just 157 1/3 innings to his name in 2010, posting a 5.32 ERA just a year after finishing fourth in the Cy Young voting.

Was it injury? Nope.

"I feel good, my arm feels great, so I can't say it was injury-related because it wasn't. The MRI yesterday [Wednesday] came clean," he said.

The Puerto Rico native also said he declined interest from other teams as well as two-year offers so he could pitch closer to home. That's why he negotiated a full no-trade clause, although Vazquez is expected to test the market more heavily after the year once he re-establishes his value.

But first, he needs to find his lost velocity.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 28, 2010 1:05 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2010 7:48 am
 

Marlins sign RHP Vazquez

Javier Vazquez Right-hander Javier Vazquez is close to a deal with the Florida Marlins, Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports .

Vazquez was 10-10 with a  5.32 ERA in 31 games (26 starts) for the Yankees last season, but was left off the postseason roster.

Vazquez has been an effective innings-eater for most of his career, tallying 200-plus innings every season since 2000, except for his two years with the Yankees (198 innings in 2004) and 157 1/3 innings last season.

Vazquez has also tallied at least 10 wins in every year since winning 11 for the Expos in 2000. A solid back of the rotation starter (especially in the National League), Vazquez will help solidify the team's rotation of Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Anibal Sanchez and Chris Volstad.

Vazquez will likely demand more than $10 million per season, so he seems to be a pretty high-priced fifth starter, but the Marlins now have their Dan Uggla savings.

Last week, ESPN.com's Jayson Stark reported Vazquez is looking for a one-year deal, even turning down two multi-year deals worth more than $10 million per year. The Nationals were among teams reportedly interested in the 34-year old.

Despite his disappointing season in New York, Vazquez is still a Type B free agent and was offered arbitration by the Yankees, so the team would receive a compensation pick when he signs elsewhere.

UPDATE: Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com tweets the one-year deal is done.

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com tweets the deal "will be in the $6 to $7 million range." If so, that's a pretty good deal for the Marlins. Vazquez has a home in the area and may be trying to get a long-term deal off a good year in Florida.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 8:17 pm
 

Marlins on verge of landing Vazquez

Vazquez Negotiations to bring Javier Vazquez to Florida have gotten "hot," as sources tell ESPN's Jayson Stark.

A deal wouldn't be finished until after Thanksgiving, but it does seem to be that the Marlins will win the righty's services as the other contenders are now pessimistic about coming to an accord. That includes the Nationals, Cubs and Rockies.

Vazquez has already been offered and turned down a two-year, $20 million deal because he wants a one-year deal. Why he turned down that deal is a bit surprising, as even if he reverts to being a solid starter, it's unlikely he can do much better than that deal at what will be age 35, turning 36 midway through 2012.

Stark notes that he wants to assess his value after each year, but that would only reduce his earning power, unless he truly busts out with a Cy Young-worthy campaign as he did in 2009 -- but even then, he wouldn't do much better than a two-year, $20 million deal.

Vazquez could approach the $11.5 million he made with the Yankees. The decision currently rests with Florida, as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports confirms.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 20, 2010 8:36 pm
Edited on: November 21, 2010 12:39 pm
 

Marlins skipper meets with Vazquez

Vazquez Javier Vazquez and Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez met on Saturday to discuss the idea of Vazquez coming to the Marlins, as Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post notes.

While Vazquez has reportedly received offers so lucrative that Florida is already priced out of Vazquez's market, the hope is that the right-hander may give the Marlins a discount.

"I met with him this morning," Rodriguez said on a radio show titled Marlins Insider .

"He’s from my hometown in Ponce. I’ve know him well since he was 14, 15 years old. He’s very confident about the whole situation. He told me where’s he’s at right now. Hopefully we can get him and put him in that rotation. If we have a chance to sign him hes gonna be a great acquisition."

Florida is also in on Carl Pavano, but Vazquez is the apple of its eye. The Cubs, Cardinals, Rockies and Nationals are also in on the right-hander. Capozzi did note that five additional teams are in the mix, so there is apparently a mystery team. It would not be surprising if the fifth team was the Brewers, who are reportedly gunning for Pavano.

UPDATE : The club may be prepared to make an offer to Javier Vazquez this week, as MLB.com reports. He made $11.5 million this past season, but figures to see a significant cut. However, given the interest in the righty thus far, a two-year deal landing around $18 million can't be considered outlandish.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 20, 2010 10:47 am
 

Cubs to allow Archer to contend for starting spot

Padilla With only Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano and Randy Wells certain to be part of the Cubs' rotation, that leaves two wide-open spots for competition.

If the Cubs get their way, one such spot will be filled by a veteran free-agent who wants to fill innings (in other news, 29 other teams would like the same) while the final spot will be battled out between internal candidates.

Of those there are plenty what with Carlos Silva and Tom Gorzelanny drawing starts over the course of the past season. Chicago also has rookies Casey Coleman and Thomas Diamond who will battle for a starting spot along with top rookie prospect Chris Archer as ChicagoBreakingSports.com reports.

The 22-year-old finished up a sterling campaign in 2010, posting a 15-3 record and 2.34 ERA between high-Class A and Double A, hurling 142 1/3 innings with 149 whiffs and 65 walks and was just added to the 40-man roster to be protected from the Rule 5 draft.

Archer, who was acquired in the Mark DeRosa trade with St. Louis two years ago, is long on potential but asking someone to pitch in a big-league bullpen who has yet to pitch above Double-A (without a full season there, no less) and has shaky control problems is asking a lot. While Archer's future absolutely belongs in the rotation, the Cubs are likely giving his contention mere lip service unless he arrives in spring training having learned a lesson or two from Silva and starts pumping strikes. With so much competition for a starting spot, there's no reason for the Cubs to start Archer's service-time clock if he's not head and shoulders over every other contender.

One contender Archer would have to get past could be one of Javier Vazquez, Aaron Harang or Vincente Padilla. These names are courtesy of the Chicago Sun-Times , which reported that GM Jim Hendry met with the agents of these three pitchers at the GM meetings.

Vazquez is receiving heavy attention from several teams and the Cubs could be such a team that has already offered a lucrative deal , kicking the Marlins out of contention.

Meanwhile, the other two names that the Cubs contacted aren't exactly known for their durability, but Chicago may be viewing Harang as a reclamation project that would cost less dollars and allow the Cubs to spend more money elsewhere. Harang's innings and games started have decreased five years in a row (although the first two years were negligible in difference), hitting 20 starts and 111 2/3 innings this past season for the Reds.

Padilla (pictured), meanwhile, has rehabbed his image in Chavez Ravine, but is far from a durable pitcher. He pitched 200 innings exactly in 2006, making 33 starts. He also cracked the 200-inning barrier from 2002-03, but over the last four years has shown no indication he can ever get back to that barrier. What he could do is give the team 180 quality innings (assuming he does not get hurt) -- and sometimes, 180 quality innings is better than 200 "pretty good" innings.

Brandon Guyer, Kyle Smits and Alberto Cabrera were also added to Chicago's 40-man roster and cannot be selected in the Rule 5 draft.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 18, 2010 7:40 pm
 

Interest in Vazquez may be too high for Marlins

Vazquez The Marlins have Javier Vazquez atop their wish list, as Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

There's one slight problem, however.

The market for Vazquez has been so robust, even the pitcher is surprised by the amount of money being offered -- and the price is already past what Florida would be willing to pay for the 34-year-old.

Vazquez saw his velocity tank to under 90 mph for his fastball, posting a 5.32 ERA and 4.90 xFIP in 157 1/3 innings, making 26 starts and appearing in four games out of the bullpen. This is a year after a stellar 2.87 ERA in 219 1/3 innings for the Braves.

Many feel Vazquez could benefit from a return to the NL, and Vazquez himself is interested in pitching for Florida as it is close to his native home of Puerto Rico. The skipper, Edwin Rodriguez, is also Puerto Rican and there are plenty of people in the front office who remember Vazquez from Montreal before owner Jeffrey Loria skipped town and took over the Marlins.

Vazquez has never been on the disabled list and posted at least 198 innings pitched from 1999-09 (that one season below 200 innings also coming with the Yankees), so he tops the list for those looking for durable starters who can eat up innings and keep the team in the game. And as his play for Atlanta demonstrated, he is capable of a Cy Young-worthy season.

The Nationals, Rockies, Cardinals and Cubs have all expressed interest in Vazquez. Colorado may be less inclined to give Vazquez what he wants after acquiring Felipe Paulino, and St. Louis just resigned Jake Westbrook, so may also be dropping out of the race. That leaves the Rockies, Cubs and Marlins as known suitors, although there likely are other teams that are in on Vazquez.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 7:10 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:58 am
 

R.I.P. Brewers: Pitching poor

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Next up: the Milwaukee Brewers.

Two years ago, the Brewers were exciting and a team to watch. They had potential, they had youth, they had star power. This year, they still had a team. It's not that the Brewers were bad -- they weren't good, but they weren't bad -- they were just immaterial. Still, the team has some talent and some hope for the future.

WHAT WENT WRONG

In a word: pitching. in two words: starting pitching.

Outside of Yovani Gallardo, the Brewers starters were not good. Randy Wolf had a winning record, but Gallardo and Chris Capuano were the only starters with an ERA+ of 100 or better, and Capuano was right at 100, but started just nine games. And then there was Jeff Suppan.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

John Axford The Brewers certainly have a potent offense -- they were third in the National League with a .759 OPS and fourth with 750 runs.

Rickie Weeks had the season everyone hoped he'd have when he showed such promise as a rookie in 2005. Weeks hit .269/.366/.464 with 29 homers and 83 RBI. Corey Hart had a great first half, hitting 21 homers en route to an All-Star appearance, but had just 10 the rest of the season.

John Axford (pictured) was lost in a sea of great rookies in the National League in 2010, but nearly any other season he'd find a way to pick up a Rookie of the Year vote or two as a result of his 24 saves and 2.48 ERA. Kameron Loe and lefty Zack Braddock were also impressive out of the bullpen.

HELP ON THE WAY

Amaury Rivas was a solid starter in Double-A, but beyond him, there's not much immediate impact in the Brewers' minor leagues for the rotation, which is where the team needs the most help.

The team's best position prospect, Brett Lawrie, plays second base. Weeks is headed to his third season of arbitration, so Lawrie may be a good choice to replace Weeks if the Brewers are out of the race at the trade deadline.

EXPECTATIONS FOR 2011

Right after the season ended, the Brewers announce they'd keep ticket prices the same -- that tells you something. Still, most will expect a little better than the 77-85 record. Most will be expecting a record around .500 with anything under the mark as a disappointment.

SUGGESTIONS FOR 2011

The Brewers have money to play with -- as they shed the contracts of Suppan, Bill Hall and Braden Looper. Plus they'll decline the option on Hoffman. That will help offset the raises set to kick in to Ryan Braun, Hart and Gallardo.

Prince Fielder They need to spend their extra money on starting pitching -- there's not a whole lot of attractive options out there, but I might go for a guy like Javier Vazquez. Vazquez has been a disappointment with the Yankees, but he's an innings-eater and going from the American League East to the National League Central would certainly help. They can also look through the trash heap at a guy like Kevin Milwood, maybe.

The biggest question will be what to do about Prince Fielder. The first baseman is a free agent after 2011, and this offseason would be the best time to ship him out of town. Fielder got his wish and the team jettisoned manager Ken Macha, but he's ready for his final year of arbitration and then free agency. He may be worth more before the 2011 season, but look for the team to hold on to him until the trade deadline.

2011 PREDICTION

The division the Brewers play in can't be stressed enough -- the National League Central has two pretty good teams in the Reds and Cardinals, but it's not as if they have a team like the Phillies or Yankees or Red Sox. If everything breaks right, the Brewers could be in it come September. More likely, though, they'll be comfortably in third place, behind the two better teams but better than the Cubs, Astros and Pirates.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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