Melk Man Delivered To Atlanta Braves

Ryan Maloney@RyanEMaloneyContributor IIDecember 22, 2009

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 29:  Melky Cabrera #53 of the New York Yankees runs towards first base against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Two of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium on October 29, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Jared Wickerham/Getty Images


The New York Yankees have shipped Melky Cabrera to Atlanta in an effort to bolster their pitching rotation.  Right-handed starter Javier Vázquez returns to the Bronx as part of a deal that also sends Mike Dunn and Arodys Vizcaino to the Braves according to the Daily News .  The Yankees also receive lefty reliever Boone Logan to complete the transaction.

This will mark Vázquez's second stint in New York.  He won 14 games for the Yankees in 2004, but his ERA was only a shade below 5.00.  He is a model of durability though, making at least 32 starts in each of the last 10 seasons.  Vázquez went 15-10 for the Braves last season with a 2.87 ERA.

Cabrera, 25, departs from the franchise that signed him in 2001 when he was just 17 years old.  He continued to show improvement in 2009 despite failing to solidify himself as the clear-cut starter in center field. 

Caberera reached career highs in doubles, home runs, and hits as he played in all but eight games while splitting time with Brett Gardner.  The Yankees recently acquired All-Star center fielder Curtis Granderson in a trade with Detroit.

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