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December 16, 2003: The Montreal Expos trade Javier Vazquez to the Yankees in exchange for Nick Johnson, Juan Rivera and Randy Choate.
December 22, 2009: The Atlanta Braves trade Javier Vazquez to the Yankees in exchange for Melky Cabrera, Mike Dunn and Arodys Vizcaino.
Javier Vazquez makes the top three because the Yankees didn't trade for him once, but twice.
The first time, Vazquez was a 27-year-old up-and-coming pitcher who was brought in to fill the void Andy Petitte left when he departed to Houston.
In the first half of the season, Vazquez was sensational, posting a 10-5 record before the break. In the second half, the legs fell off and he finished 4-5 and had his ERA shoot up from a 3.86 to 4.91.
In Game 7 of the ALCS, we all remember Vazquez serving up the grand slam to Johnny Damon in the second inning that slammed the door on the series, and three months later, Vazquez was a part of the deal that landed Randy Johnson.
Five years later, Vazquez was re-acquired from the Braves and everyone thought the deal was a steal. WRONG!
Vazquez again was terrible for the Yankees, posting a 10-10 record and a 5.32 ERA. Vazquez was banished to the bullpen and wasn't used in the ALDS or ALCS.
Just think, the Yankees could still have Melky Cabrera, who is tearing it up in San Francisco.