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Cashman continues plugging holes

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Brian Cashman has called Curtis Granderson and Nick Johnson "true character guys." Photo Credit: Getty Images

Brian Cashman entered the offseason with a specific list of needs and he’s spent the better part of three weeks crossing those items off.

Re-sign Andy Pettitte: check
Strengthen the outfield: check
Get a DH: check
Add rotation depth: check

Javier Vazquez rapaciously eats innings (200-plus innings nine of his last 10 seasons), the ideal kind of pitcher the Yankees need at the back end of their rotation. There’s a hole in left but it’s far easier to plug that kind of hole – especially with what the Yankees already have in their lineup – than one in your rotation.

Few are excited about Boone Logan coming along in the deal but the 6-5, 200-pound Logan, while obviously unimpressive last season with a 5.19 ERA, is still only 25 and he did hold lefties to a .231 average. Well, it’s something.

Anyway, the official release from the Yankees:

"The New York Yankees today acquired right-handed pitcher Javier Vazquez and left-handed pitcher Boone Logan from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for outfielder Melky Cabrera, left-handed pitcher Michael Dunn, right-handed pitcher Arodys Vizcaino and cash considerations.

Vazquez, 33, went 15-10 with a 2.87 ERA (219.1IP, 181H, 70ER, 44BB, 238K, 20HR) with Atlanta in 2009, finishing fourth in National League Cy Young Award voting. He ranked second in the NL in strikeouts, strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.41) and opponents’ on-base percentage (.266); third in strikeouts per 9.0IP (9.77); tied for fourth in wins; fifth in innings pitched, opponents’ batting average (.223) and hits allowed per 9.0IP (7.43); and sixth in ERA. Over his final 22 starts of 2009, Vazquez posted a 2.49 ERA with 160 strikeouts and just 29 walks in 155.1IP, while limiting opponents to a .217 average.

Since 2000, he has recorded at least 10 wins and 150 strikeouts each season, making him just the 10th pitcher in Major League history to accomplish the feat according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Eight of the other nine pitchers are in the Hall of Fame. Over the same 10-year stretch, Vazquez ranks second in the Majors in innings pitched (2163.0), strikeouts (2001) and starts (327), while tossing at least 200.0 innings in all but one season (198.0 in 2004).

Originally selected by Montreal in the fifth round of the 1994 First Year Player Draft, Vazquez played his first six Major League seasons with the Expos from 1998-2003, compiling a 64-68 record with a 4.16 ERA (1229.1IP, 568ER). Prior to the 2004 season, he was traded to the Yankees in exchange for first baseman Nick Johnson, outfielder Juan Rivera and left-handed pitcher Randy Choate. In his lone season as a Yankee in 2004, Vazquez made the American League All-Star team, going 14-10 with a 4.91 ERA (198.0IP, 103ER). On January 11, 2005, he was traded with left-handed pitcher Brad Halsey, catcher Dioner Navarro and cash considerations to Arizona for left-handed pitcher Randy Johnson.

In a 12-year Major League career with Montreal, the Yankees, Arizona (2005), the White Sox (2006-08) and Atlanta, Vazquez owns a 142-139 record with a 4.19 ERA and 2,253 strikeouts. He is under contract through the 2010 season.

Logan, 25, went 1-1 with a 5.19 ERA in 20 relief appearances with Atlanta in 2009 (17.1IP, 21H, 10ER, 9BB, 10K, 1HR), holding first-batters-faced to a .158 (3-for-19) batting average. He also posted a 4-2 record with a 3.28 ERA (26H, 13ER, 17BB, 39K, 2HR) in 35.2 innings pitched with Triple-A Gwinnett. Prior to the season, he was acquired with Vazquez from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for infielder Brent Lillibridge, catcher Tyler Flowers, infielder Jon Gilmore and left-handed pitcher Santos Rodriguez. Originally drafted by the White Sox in the 20th round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, Logan eventually signed with the club on May 26, 2003. Since making his Major League debut in 2006, Logan owns a 5-5 career record with a 5.78 ERA in 164 relief appearances (127.1IP, 158H, 82ER, 58BB, 102K, 17HR).

Cabrera, 25, set career highs with 28 doubles and 13 home runs in 2009, batting .274 (133-for-485) with 66R and 68 RBI in 154 games (130 starts). He tallied three “walk-off” hits in 2009, marking the most by a Yankee since Claudell Washington had four in 1988. On August 2 at the White Sox, he became just the 11th different Yankee – and first since Tony Fernandez on September 3, 1995 – to hit for the cycle. In 569 career games with the club, Cabrera batted .269 (518-for-1,923) with 250 runs, 90 doubles, 12 triples, 36 home runs, 228 RBI, 171 walks, a .331 on-base percentage and 38 outfield assists.

Dunn, 24, saw his first Major League action in 2009, posting a 6.75 ERA without recording a decision in four relief appearances as a September call-up (4.0IP, 3H, 3ER, 5BB, 5K, 1HR). He combined to go 4-3 with two saves and a 3.31 ERA in 38 relief appearances in 2009 with Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (73.1IP, 58H, 27ER, 46BB, 99K), allowing just two of his 12 inherited runners to score and making the Eastern League midseason All-Star team. Originally drafted by the Yankees in the 33rd round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, Dunn is 24-15 with a 3.62 ERA (375.1IP, 335H, 151ER, 166BB, 390K, 28HR) in 110 career minor league games (49 starts).

Vizcaino, 19, went 2-4 with a 2.13 ERA (42.1IP, 34H, 18R, 10ER, 15BB, 52K, 2HR) with Single-A Staten Island in 2009. He made his professional debut in 2008 with the Gulf Coast League Yankees, posting a 3-2 record with a 3.68 ERA (44.0IP, 38H, 22R, 18ER, 13BB, 48K, 5HR) in 12 games (six starts). Originally signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2007, from Yaguate, Dominican Republic, Vizcaino is 5-6 with a 2.92 ERA (86.1IP, 28ER) in 22 career minor league games (16 starts).

The Yankees’ 40-man roster now stands at 37 players."


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