In December 2009 the Yankees pulled off one of their biggest moves of the offseason when they acquired RHP Javier Vazquez and LHP Boone Logan from the Atlanta Braves. In exchange, they sent Atlanta CF Melky Cabrera, LHP Mike Dunn, prospect RHP Arodys Vizcaino and $500,000 in cash. Vazquez has gotten off to a very poor start in 2010, causing some to wonder whether he’s injured or simply out of whack mechanically. But how have the pieces the Yankees sent to the Braves fared?
Melky Cabrera has played almost every game for the Braves this year, manning the LF corner. Melky has underperformed, combining with Nate McLouth to form an offensive black hole in the outfield. Cabrera’s tripleslash line is an anemic .197/.287/.221. In 88 plate appearances, he’s walked a grand total of 10 times, struck out 12 times, hit 13 singles, 2 doubles and 0 HR. Just for fun, I’ll also note that he has posted a -0.2 in UZR on the year. Yes, I know, small sample size.
Mike Dunn has spent the year in AAA Gwinett and has impressed in a short stint. In 10.1 IP he has struck out 13, walked 3 and let in 1 ER, which leaves him with a sparkling 0.87 ERA and a 11.3 K/9 and a 4.33 K/BB ratio. The Braves already have two lefties in the major league pen in O’Flaherty and Venters, not to mention closer Billy Wagner, so Dunn will have to keep pitching well and wait for Venters to pitch his way out of a job before he gets his crack at the big leagues in 2010.
Finally, RHP Arodys Vizcaino has posted decent numbers in his first five outings in the South Atlantic League (A) for the Rome Braves. In five outings, Vizcaino has thrown 25 IP, giving up 22 hits, 12 ER, 7 BBs and striking out 27. His best outing was yesterday, when he struck out 8 batters over 5, giving up 1 ER and walking none. He’s clearly a blue-chip prospect, and he’s sporting a superb K/BB ratio of nearly 4:1 as a 19 year old in A Ball.
All things considered, I’m still happy the Yankees traded for Javier Vazquez and Boone Logan. I’m optimistic Vazquez will be able to sort out his mechanical and/or physical issues and become a solid starter for the club this year. The Yankees will also have the option to offer Vazquez arbitration at the end of the year and recoup a draft pick if he declines and signs elsewhere. Additionally, Boone Logan is opening some eyes in short stints out of the major league pen, and easily replaces LHP Mike Dunn. However, my eye will be on Vizcaino all year. Even if Vazquez turns it around, Vizcaino is the lone prospect with the ability to make Yankees fans wince every time he takes the mound.
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