After I bitched yesterday that the Yankees were boring me to death, I wake up to a flurry of (potential) activity this morning. MLB Trade Rumors lit up like a Christmas tree last night with rumors that the Yankees were on the verge of trading for a starting pitcher, though nobody could pinpoint who it was. This morning, however, Joel Sherman is reporting that the Yankees are working to re-acquire Javier Vazquez. That's right, Javier Vazquez.
This may be a little premature, but I will give an opinion anyway. A lot of Yankee fans will kill this (potential) move because of how Javy's season as a Yankee ended. He had a trainwreck of a second half in 2004, but we seem to forget the first half that he put up that year. The first half of '04 ended in his only career All Star appearance as he was solid through July. Granted, the wheels then came off and he ended the season as an afterthought in the bullpen, and ultimately contributed to the prison rape that was game 7 of the ALCS that year, but he wasn't entirely ineffective as a Yankee.
Plugging Vazquez into the 2010 staff doesn't worry me. He was dominant in 2009, albeit in the National League, but the Yankees aren't asking him to be there number one (or even number 2) starter. The current rumor, courtesy of John Heyman, is that the deal would be Vazquez and Boone Logan for Melky Cabrera, Mike Dunn, and another prospect. As long as that prospect isn't named Jesus Montero or Austin Romine, this looks like a win for the Yankees. The Braves have been known to like Nick Swisher, and the fact that Cashman can (potentially) turn their eye to MELKY FUCKING CABRERA as the centerpiece of this trade is evidence that he is playing chess while everyone else is playing checkers. Let's not get ahead of ourselves, though, because God knows this could change 5,690,876,543,456 times before getting done (if it even does).