|Reports: Yankees Deal for Javier Vazquez||12.22.09 at 11:20 am ET|
The Red Sox made their move to add rotation depth when they acquired John Lackey last week. This morning, the Yankees appear ready to make a comparably significant splash, adding a strikeout-an-inning starter to a rotation that already includes CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Andy Pettitte.
According to several reports, the New York has acquired starter Javier Vazquez and reliever Boone Logan from the Braves in exchange for outfielder Melky Cabrera, prospect Mike Dunn and a player to be named, reportedly Arodys Vizcaino. News of the Yankees’ pursuit of Vazquez was first reported by Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Vazquez went 15-10 with a career-low 2.87 ERA and 238 strikeouts in 219.1 innings in 2009. He’s thrown at least 198 innings in each of the last 10 years, reaching double digits in wins in each of those seasons. While he finished fourth in the NL Cy Young voting in 2009, he has been more dominant in the NL than in two separate stints in the American League.
Vazquez, ,33, has spent eight seasons in the NL, going 90-93 with a 4.02 ERA. In four seasons in the AL (one with the Yankees in 2004, and three more with the White Sox from 2006-08), he had a 52-46 record and 4.52 ERA. As a member of the Yankees in 2004, he went 14-10 with a 4.91 ERA, and he gave up a grand slam to Johnny Damon in Game 7 of the ALCS against the Red Sox.
That said, Vazquez has virtually identical numbers in the two leagues in hits per nine innings (8.9 in both leagues), homers (1.1 per nine innings in the NL, 1.2 per nine innings in the AL), walks (2.3 in NL, 2.5 in AL) and strikeouts (8.1 per nine innings in both leagues).
Logan, 24, had a 5.19 ERA in 20 games for the Braves last year. He held lefties to a .231 average and .626 OPS.
The switch-hitting Cabrera, 25, hit .274 with a .752 OPS and 13 homers for the Yankees as their everyday centerfielder in 2009. He became expendable when the Yankees acquired Curtis Granderson, though the Yankees will now be in the market for a starting left-fielder.
Dunn, a 24-year-old southpaw, pitched in four games for the Yankees last year after forging a 3.31 ERA in 38 minor-league games at two levels last year. Dunn punched out 99 in 73.1 innings while walking 46.
Vizcaino, 19, went 2-4 with a 2.13 ERA in the short-season New York Penn League last year, punching out 11.1 batters per nine innings.
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