Jackpot: Like Stealing Candy From a Baby, Or a Pitcher From The Braves

Aroob KhanContributor IDecember 23, 2009

ATLANTA - JUNE 27:  Starting pitcher Javier Vazquez #33 of the Atlanta Braves against the Boston Red Sox at Turner Field on June 27, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Yankees' search for another starting pitcher has led them back to a familiar face, right-handed, strikeout artist, Javier Vazquez.

When he was forced to trade him in 2004 to the D-backs, Cashman was anything but happy. Knowing what potential Javier had in him.

We saw that potential this year as he was 4th in the NL CY Young voting just like the Yankees current ace, CC Sabathia, was 4th in the AL CY Young voting.

Vazquez has pitched at least 200+inn and has struck out 200+ in 3 straight seasons. Not to mention all the while pitching to a 3.76 ERA in those 3 seasons combined. With 2 of the 3 seasons in the AL.

Here is the beauty of it all, the Yankees gave up almost nothing. Switch hitting Melky Cabrera, Left-Handed Mike Dunn, And single-A pitcher Arodys Vizcaino. Melky can be replaced very easily. Dunn and Vizcaino are young unproven prospects. 

With the addition of Vazquez, the Yankees get a chance to re-enter the Johnny Damon sweepstakes, even if that exist. Also it moves either Joba Chamberlain or most likely Phil Hughes into the pen and makes the pen as strong as this past season.  

But one thing no one seems to be pointing out is that this moves AJ Burnett in to a even less pressure 3rd starter role where he will flourish. Giving the Yankees the best rotation in the bigs with CC, Javi, AJ, Andy, and Joba. 

Also this move brings together Andy and Javi. Javi has said it over and over that he looked forward to learning from Andy his first time in pinstripes but Andy was then a Astro and Javi missed out. But now the stars have aligned in Javi's favor as he will get to learn from the best in Andy.

This trade goes down as one of the best by Brian Cashman in his tenure as the Yankees GM. All that remains is to see if the Yankees win more than the 103 they won this past season.