Yankees Trade Melky Cabrera for Javier Vazquez

Vazquez Back in Pin Stripes

Vazquez Back in Pin Stripes

The New York Yankees have completed a five-player trade with the Atlanta Braves that sends starting pitcher Javier Vazquez back to the New York Yankees and fan favorite outfielder Melky Cabrera to the Atlanta Braves.

In total, the New York Yankees gave up Cabrera and prospects Mike Dunn and Arodys Vizcaino (both pitchers) as well as $500,000.

The Braves sent Javier Vazquez along with reliever Boone Logan to the Yankees.

Vazquez was truly lights out for the Braves last year winning 15 games and striking out 238 batters while posting a 2.87 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. In his one year on the Yankees, the up-and-comer struggled as he posted a 4.91 ERA and saw a huge drop in all of his numbers.

While his career has been up and down the whole time, Vazquez has 142 career wins, 2,253 strikeouts, and a 4.19 ERA.

Cabrera batted .274 for the Yankees last season while hitting 13 home runs, driving in 68 runs, and scoring 66 runs. He would have been a bench player for the Yankees after the team acquired Curtis Granderson to play centerfield.

Mike Dunn, 24, has had problems staying consistent in the minors but has pretty good potential and will have a chance to join Atlanta’s bullpen in spring training.

Boone Logan, formerly of the White Sox, has not been very impressive in the majors as he has posted an ERA close to six in more than 125 innings pitched but the Yankees hope that they can turn him into a solid middle reliever.

The final piece of the puzzle for the Yankees completing this trade, and arguably the most important, was 19-year-old prospect Arodys Vizcaino who had 2.13 ERA, 52 strikeouts, and just 15 walks in 42 innings for the Staten Island Yankees last season.

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