Braves Acquire Javy Vazquez

Good afternoon WaBs, hope your Wednesday is going well so far.  I can’t really say the same, I’ve come down with a cold in the last couple days and Finals week is looming.  Now, having said that, the sports world does not stop for Finals, so here we go.

First, good read over at ESPN.com about Coach Fulmer’s last day as Tennessee’s Head Coach.  He seems like a good guy, I wish him the best.

Second, the Braves and the White Sox struck a deal last night to pitchers Javier Vazquez and Boone Logan to the Braves for five prospects, most notably Tyler Flowers and Brent Lillibridge.  As a Braves fan, I’m happy with the deal.  We have a pretty clear need for pitching and Vazquez will provide about 200 above average (albeit not by much) innings for us. Vazquez has always been kind of a career underachiever.  He has great stuff and just can’t seem to put it all together and have that great season we’re all waiting for.  He does average about 200 strikeouts over the course of the season.  It will be interesting to see how the Braves plan on rounding out their rotation.  They apparently have a 5-year offer out to AJ Burnett and I still wouldn’t rule out Jake Peavy.  They didn’t surrender any of the the players who were to be included in that deal, so it may still happen.

I spoke with commenter and Sox fan NickSwagger last night about his thoughts on the trade.  He seemed pretty happy with the deal, mostly because of monster catching prospect Tyler Flowers.  Flowers, who will be 23 in January, has absolutely destroyed pitching the Arizona Fall League this year.  He’s hitting .387 with 12 homers and 23 RBIs in only 20 games.  Granted, that’s only 20 games and the AFL is generally a hitter-friendly league, but those lofty numbers can’t be ignored.  I’m okay with including him in the deal because he’s blocked by another pretty good, young catcher named Brian McCann.

Anyway, I’m going to take a nap.  I ran out of crackers and water so I have no reason to stay awake anymore.

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4 Responses

  1. That ESPN article about Fulmer was a great read and I recommend that everyone reads it, even if you’re not a Tennessee fan.

  2. Do you think the Braves will have a chance at contending with the Mets and Phillies next year? I have been trying to figure out what they have been doing as a franchise for a while here… No matter what they do, however, it seems unlikely they will be able to take over two of arguably the best teams in the NL.

  3. To contend next year they would have to sign Burnett or get Peavy. Even then, a whole lot would have to go right for them to finish higher than 3rd.

    I’m thinking toward ’10 and beyond at this point. A rotation of Vazquez, Burnett/Peavy, Hudson, Jurrjens, Hansen is pretty sick. Plus 1B Freddie Freeman is a Top 50 prospect as well as Jason Heyward. I like where they’re going, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.

    Thanks for leaving a comment, hope you’ll come back every now and again.

  4. […] heels on a disappointing 2008 that saw them lose 90 games, the Braves revamped their rotation by trading for Javier Vazquez and signing Derek Lowe and Kenshin Kawakami.  The Braves also bring back rookie sensation Jair […]

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