[image title="javier-vazquez-230x300" size="full" id="13388" align="center" ]MLBTR reports that the Yankees will acquire Javy Vazquez for Melky Cabrera, Michael Dunn, and Arodys Vizcaino. They will pay the entirety of Vazquez’s 11.5 million dollar salary.
I’m at work, so this will have to be pretty brief.
Melky leaving clears the way for some kind of left field situation involving Brett Gardner. Dunn being traded pretty much commits the Yankees to only having one lefty out of the bullpen. Arodys Vizcaino is a very good prospect, but also an entirely expendable one.
Overall, its a great trade for the Yankees. Vazquez was an ace last year, and will be at the least very healthy. He was 4th in the majors in strikeouts last year (his 3rd straight year with at least 200 Ks), and has a lot of experience working in the NL. While new Yankee Stadium won’t be kind to his homer-happy ways, I think that we can expect a much better go-around this time with Vazquez.
And the Yankees could easily have their young players replaced in the draft next year. If he has a decent year, he’s a pretty good pick to be offered and decline arbitration. Two draft picks could come the Yankees way, which should be able to find someone of Vizcaino’s caliber.
The Yankee pitching staff looks pretty set. Now, will they stand pat at left field? I feel like a Johnny Damon reconciliation is coming. However, if the Yankees are indeed on a budget, how much more is Hal Steinbrenner willing to give Cashman? RAB has our payroll at 208 million now.
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