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So who else was in the Braves-Yankees deal?

Dec 22, 2009, 1:50 PM EDT

Jonathan Mayo of looks at the two non-Melkys in the Vazquez deal. He says Arodys Vizcaino “looks like a high-end rotation prospect with a ton of upside.” Of course at 19 it’s way too early to know what he’ll turn into.  As for Michael Dunn: he sounds like Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh. Well, maybe not that extreme, but definitely a good stuff, bad command kind of guy.

Meanwhile, everyone who wants to dump on the Braves end of the trade seems to forget that in addition to Melky and the pitchers, the Braves got $9-10 million bucks to play with as a result of not having to pay Vazquez. Jayson Stark suggests Dan Uggla or Xavier Nady.  Ken Rosenthal wonders whether Mark DeRosa, Marlon Byrd or Adam LaRoche could sign with Atlanta.

Not sure how I feel about any of those guys, but the point is this: the Braves may not have gotten the best deal from the Yankees and should have tried to do better, but unless they really screw up the spending of the Vazquez dividend, they are likely to be a stronger team on opening day than they were when we woke up this morning, and that’s the name of the game, isn’t it?

  1. frank - Dec 22, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    Frank wrenn is an jerk for making this move. The braves will never be in the playoff’s again as long as he is the GM.

  2. John_Michael - Dec 22, 2009 at 3:01 PM

    Vazquez will be a Type A free agent at the end of next season, right? Potential first round pick implications as well…

  3. Craig Calcaterra - Dec 22, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    Yeah, but when was the last time the Yankees offered Arb to a Type-A? Vazquez has anything other than a stellar season, he’s likely to take it anyway.

  4. MYSoo - Dec 22, 2009 at 3:08 PM

    So, that means the two World Series teams last year have traded for top of the rotation talent…if only Philadelphia hadn’t traded one away too.
    More and more, it looks like we could be headed for a sequel of Yankee vs. Phillies, but hopefully the outcome will be different this time around

  5. Jason @ IIATMS - Dec 22, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    Was about to say that. If he has a great year, he might decline. Anything but and he’d accept and be looking at $13+M/yr

  6. John_Michael - Dec 22, 2009 at 4:15 PM

    So you’re telling me there’s a chance… *YEAH!*

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