Tag:Javier Vazquez
Posted on: June 1, 2009 10:03 am

Knobler On Brewers, Vazquez

After chatting with GM Doug Melvin, Danny Knobler of CBS Sports points out that the Brewers could make a deal even though they're not in trade talks at the moment. As Melvin says, the team has "done it every year." Melvin says the challenge for the Brewers, who could pursue pitching or an infielder, "is identifying what you need." Knobler identifies three barriers the Brewers would have to overcome should they decide to pursue Jake Peavy:

  • The Brewers would have to agree to part with top prospects.
  • Owner Mark Attanasio would have to agree to take on Peavy's contract. 
  • Peavy would have to agree to come to Milwaukee. 
On another note, Knobler spoke to a "scout familiar with the Braves" who suggests that Atlanta could consider dealing Javier Vazquez, who makes $11.5MM this year and next, for a big bat to help out the struggling Braves offense. 
Posted on: May 6, 2009 10:51 am

Vazquez/Young Perception At The Time

ESPN's Rob Neyer recently posted a mailbag question about the Javier Vazquez-Chris Young trade between the White Sox and Diamondbacks.  On December 14th, 2005, the White Sox sent Young and the unwanted salaries of Orlando Hernandez and Luis Vizcaino to Arizona for Vazquez and cash.  Neyer's reader began his question with:

Kenny Williams was roundly criticized back in 2005 for trading highly regarded 5-tool uber-prospect Chris Young to D-backs for often underachieving Javier Vazquez.

Cue the sound of screeching brakes...was Williams really roundly criticized on December 14th, 2005?  This is where the MLBTR archives come in handy.  It's cool to see how we evaluated trades the day they were made.  Here's the post.  I liked the deal as a win-now move for the Sox.  MLBTR was only a month and a half old, so the post only has 15 comments.  But there was no criticism of Williams.

How about South Side Sox, which opened its doors in April of '05?  They seemed in favor of the deal, as did Ken Rosenthal in an excerpt found hereSox Machine also liked the trade, and both blogs noted that Vazquez was a bargain compared to A.J. Burnett's newly-signed five-year, $55MM deal.  Let's get an opinion from the other side with AZ Snakepit, which also started in 2005.  The post's author, Jim McLennan, was "both enthusiastic and somewhat concerned" about the trade.

It seems to me that this trade was mostly properly evaluated when it was made.  The Sox would eventually miss Young, but not in 2006.  I think Neyer's commenter's general point was that Young hasn't been quite as good as advertised, with a career OBP of .301 in two-plus seasons.

Posted on: December 4, 2008 1:14 pm
Edited on: December 4, 2008 5:30 pm

Odds and Ends: Teixeira, Izturis, Gaudin

Links for Thursday...

Posted on: December 3, 2008 10:29 am
Edited on: December 3, 2008 12:41 pm

Javier Vazquez Trade Reactions

The word yesterday evening was that the Braves acquired starter Javier Vazquez and lefty reliever Boone Logan for Tyler Flowers, Brent Lillibridge, Jon Gilmore, and Santos Rodriguez (MLB.com's Mark Bowman confirms the prospects).  The players will take their physicals today.  Reactions to the deal:

  • South Side Sox expects a couple of accompanying moves: the trade of Jermaine Dye for a young starter and the signing of an affordable free agent outfielder.  They don't see the White Sox benefitting from the Vazquez trade in 2009, but at least Ozzie cleared out his doghouse.
  • Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune says the Sox will still have power if Dye is dealt.  Gonzales also provides info on the prospects received for Vazquez.
  • Yahoo's Tim Brown says the White Sox are also willing to trade Paul Konerko and Jim Thome.
  • Sox Machine provides a more in-depth look at the prospects.
  • From the Braves' point of view, J.C. Bradbury sees this as a solid win-now move that won't affect the '09 team.
  • Ken Davidoff says the Braves will now have less of a need for Jake Peavy or A.J. Burnett.  I think, though, that they'll still aggressively try to acquire one of the two.  Most of the rumored packages for Peavy didn't involve the prospects sent to Chicago, with the possible exception of Flowers.
  • Dave Cameron notes Vazquez's career-long underachievement.  This always baffled me when trying to do fantasy baseball projections based on component stats.
Posted on: December 3, 2008 1:01 am

Braves To Acquire Javier Vazquez

7:42pm: O'Brien believes Chicago's return to be Flowers, Lillibridge, third baseman Jon Gilmore, and pitcher Santos Rodriguez.

7:05pm: MLB.com's Mark Bowman says the White Sox will actually receive four players in the deal.  They'll choose from a list of five, with Flowers and Lillibridge their top targets.

5:34pm: Rosenthal says an announcement could come Wednesday or Thursday.  He says Lillibridge is in the deal along with a young starter, but it's not Reyes.  Additionally, highly regarded catcher Tyler Flowers might be the third prospect (which would improve the trade quite a bit for the Sox).  Baseball Prospectus' Kevin Goldstein says Flowers profiles as an offense-first catcher, but there are questions about his ability to stay behind the plate.  Dave O'Brien notes that Sox GM Ken Williams saw Flowers play in Arizona and "practically drooled over him."

5:19pm: ESPN's Peter Gammons says Vazquez is flying to Atlanta tomorrow for a physical; the deal will be finalized then.  The White Sox will send Vazquez and lefty Boone Logan to the Braves for Reyes, Lillibridge, and another prospect.  I'm wondering - with Reyes and another prospect gone, do the Braves still have the goods to pull off a Jake Peavy trade?  With Vazquez added, the Braves should be less desperate if talks for Peavy resume.

4:53pm: Rosenthal now says the Braves are on the verge of acquiring Vazquez. 

4:22pm: According to Ken Rosenthal, the Braves are in serious discussions with the White Sox for starter Javier Vazquez.  The White Sox could receive as many as three players, with Jo-Jo Reyes and Brent Lillibridge among the names discussed.  Vazquez is set to earn $11.5MM in each of the 2009 and 2010 seasons.  Acquiring him would definitely take some pressure off the Braves, who aim to add two quality starters to put in front of Jair Jurrjens.

Posted on: November 30, 2008 2:06 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2008 2:21 pm

Perrotto's Latest: Teixeira, Burnett, Wilson

John Perrotto of Baseball Prospectus has his Sunday article up. Let's go through it:

Posted on: November 25, 2008 11:36 am
Edited on: November 25, 2008 7:39 pm

Mets Rumors: K-Rod, Dye, Vazquez

6:22pm: According to SI.com's Jon Heyman, Minaya has reached out to K-Rod and Fuentes.  He says the Mets prefer free agency to trading. 

We also have a rumor from Joel Sherman of the New York Post.  He says the Mets offered Aaron Heilman to the Rockies for Street shortly after Colorado acquired him.  The Rox wanted the Mets to add Pedro Feliciano, and the Mets refused.  MetsBlog has more insight into the team's plans.

1:33pm: Rounding up today's Mets rumors...

  • On Friday, David Lennon of Newsday said the Mets had received Francisco Rodriguez's medical records.  He also had Omar Minaya saying the club's doctors were looking it over.  However, Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post writes today that the Mets did not receive the records until yesterday afternoon.  According to Hubbuch, the Mets told Paul Kinzer they'll get back to him after Thanksgiving regarding K-Rod.
  • Hubbuch names five other Mets targets: Brian Fuentes, Kerry Wood, Trevor Hoffman, J.J. Putz, and Huston Street.
  • Adam Rubin of the New York Daily News talked to Minaya, who said the Mets have not made offers to any free agents yet.
  • In case you missed it, Ken Rosenthal had several Mets nuggets in today's column.  He said the Mets balked at Chicago's asking price for Jermaine Dye, and aren't enamored with Javier Vazquez.  Rosenthal believes the Rays' Andy Sonnanstine "represents a more desirable target" for the Mets.
  • SI.com's Jon Heyman rattles off a list of the Mets' free agent targets, which does not include Manny Ramirez.
Posted on: November 25, 2008 10:43 am
Edited on: November 25, 2008 11:27 am

Rosenthal's Latest: Dye, Burrell, Young

Here's a look at the latest from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

  • Rosenthal says the Braves are interested in A.J. Burnett, but you already knew that.
  • Rosenthal believes Trevor Hoffman to the Dodgers "makes sense."
  • The Red Sox apparently have confidence they could trade Mike Lowell if need be, but rival execs believe he'd have to prove his health in spring first.  Lowell has two years and $24MM on his deal. 
  • The White Sox want a young starter and additional players for right fielder Jermaine Dye.  The Mets, Rays, and Phillies are "balking at such a price."  Rosenthal learned that most of the six teams on Dye's no-trade list are in the northeast.  Interesting that the White Sox are still willing to trade Dye after moving Nick Swisher.
  • The Mets "aren't enamored" with Javier Vazquez.
  • Rosenthal suggests the Rays will sit back and hope one of the free agent DH-types becomes a bargain for them.
  • SI.com's Jon Heyman wrote on Friday that the "Braves, Dodgers, and Mets are believed to be among teams that have inquired about Rangers starting pitchers Kevin Millwood and Vicente Padilla."  However, Rosenthal says the Braves and Mets are not interested in either pitcher and the Rangers aren't desperate to move them.
  • Rosenthal has Francisco Rodriguez, Brian Fuentes, and Pat Burrell on the Angels' radar if they fail to sign Mark Teixeira, C.C. Sabathia, or Manny Ramirez.
  • A rival GM tells Rosenthal Twins outfielder Delmon Young is "very, very much out there."
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