View Full Version : Javier Vazquez struggling for the Yankees

Tom Servo
05-01-2010, 02:44 PM
A 9.00 ERA over 4 starts and he's already given up 2 runs in 2 innings today, I'm already hearing loud complaints from Yankees fans. He's in the last year of his old contract and you've got to wonder how much rope the Yanks will allow him given his past struggles with them. What do you think it would take to add him to our rotation?

05-01-2010, 02:48 PM

Ed Whitson will talk about the booing, the hate mail, the death threats, and what Javier Vazquez needs to do at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon, but first he would like to share a piece of trivia about his turbulent stay in New York.

He was 15-10 with the Yankees. That's 15 victories and 10 defeats. That's .600, better than the career winning percentages posted by Bob Gibson, Walter Johnson and Warren Spahn.

"A lot of people would take that record," Whitson said from his home in Dublin, Ohio. "Do you know how much money 15-10 gets you today?"

That's easy. Vazquez went 15-10 for the Braves last year and makes $11.5 million for the Yanks.

So Whitson was on the phone Thursday to give what he called the first extensive interview he's granted a New York reporter on the subject of the Yankees, and his hell-on-earth experience in the Bronx in the mid-'80s, since George Steinbrenner traded him out of his misery and back to his peaceful San Diego life.

Every time an athlete struggles to cope with the brightest lights of the biggest city, Whitson's name is summoned by default.

05-01-2010, 04:18 PM
I would love to add Vazquez to this staff. But this is the last year of his contract. Unless were in the race and the Yankees aren't (unlikely), a trade doesn't make sense. More likely, the Yankees just move him to the pen.

05-01-2010, 04:45 PM
No thanks, his career numbers point at last year as a big fat aberration.

05-01-2010, 05:16 PM
No thanks, his career numbers point at last year as a big fat aberration.

They were better than usual, but he's always had very good peripherals. His strikeout/walk rates have always been very good. Even though last year was probably unrealistic to expect, he's still been an extremely good pitcher throughout his career.

Falls City Beer
05-03-2010, 12:18 PM
The Yankees could have their pick of the Reds' minor leagues for Vazquez. Heck, raid the joint.

05-03-2010, 03:49 PM
I don't know why the Yankees thought it would be any different the second time around.