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Despite being a failed experiment for the New York Yankees twice, Javier Vazquez could certainly help out the Boston Red Sox starting rotation in 2012.
With the news of John Lackey needing Tommy John Surgery, the Red Sox only have three of five spots in the rotation set in stone.
Last season, Vazquez showed he can still pitch when he posted a 13-11 record with a 3.59 ERA with the Marlins.
Not many people will be behind this signing, but the truth is, the Red Sox don't need to make a big splash and sign a guy like CJ Wilson, who I am not high on anyway, because they already have two or three top of the rotation guys in Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz. What they really need is two guys who can fill in the four and five spots and not get lit up every fifth day like Lackey.
Vazquez has shown he can pitch in the American League during his stint with Chicago White Sox from 2006-2008 and Cherington should give him a shot if he comes at the right price.
He will likely get a one-year deal, as he is 35, for somewhere in the range of $6-10 million .