Javiar Vazquez a Yankee, Part Deux: Now What In Left Field?

Alan ShimelCorrespondent IDecember 22, 2009

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 30:   Pitcher Javier Vazquez #33 of the New York Yankees pitches during the Division Series game the Minnesota Twins on September 30, 2004 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.  The Yankees won 6-4 to clinch the American League Eastern Division. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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So the Yankees picked up their fourth starter by recycling Javier Vazquez. No doubt the price was very high. We had to give up Melky, Mike Dunn (a young promising lefty reliever) and rumor has it, Arodys Vizcaino. Who is Vizcaino? Oh just perhaps the Yanks top rated pitching prospect.

The Braves also threw in another left hander, Boone Logan. I don't think Logan will even make the team. We dealt Phil Coke because Damasco Marte will be the lefty in the pen. Logan has not exactly lit it up over a four year career either.

I am not a big fan of this deal at all. We are going to pay 11 million to Vazquez for the classic quantity over quality. Vazquez has a well deserved reputation of disappearing in big games. Just what we need, someone that the bullpen has to bail out in 4th inning of big games. Plus with over 10 years of pitching in the Bigs, he is on the downside of the mountain top. 

I would rather we give Joba or Phil Hughes the chance to develop.  Not to mention what this deal cost us.

With Melky out of the picture, exactly what are we going to do in left field? We just wasted 11 million on Vazquez. We could have used that money to sign Holliday or Bay. Now Brent Gardner is the everyday left fielder? No way!

It just goes to show the Yankees were not serious about cutting payroll. This move will force their hand to go spend big bucks on a left fielder now. Add that to what you pay Jave and their go the savings. 

Or does it open the door to Johnny Damon? Now Damon comes in with a reduced demand and is the hero? Either way, we also gave up two great young pitchers.

How do you give up your top pitching prospect plus Melky and Dunn for this deal. We have given up a bunch of prospects this spring and the ballyhooed Yankee farm system is now depleted.

This does not help our play off rotation either. I would not want Vazquez to start a play off game.