So much for Melky Cabrera being the starting left fielder. The Yankees and the Braves have agreed to a trade that will send Melky, Mike Dunn, and righty Arodys Vizcaino to the Braves in exchange for starter Javier Vazquez and lefty Boone Logan.
Vazquez would become the Yankees #4 starter. He went 15-10 with a 2.87 ERA and 238 strikeouts for the Braves last year, and finished 4th in the AL Cy Young voting. He also posted a WHIP of 1.03 and threw 219.1 innings.
Many fans remember him for his ugly performance in Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS in which the Red Sox clobbered him, but he’s a very good pitcher and is a great acquisition for the Yanks.
Logan on the other hand, hasn’t been a great pitcher in the first couple years of his young career. The 25-year old lefty posted a 5.19 ERA in 20 games for the Braves this past season, and has a career ERA of 5.78. I think the Yankees accepted him just to make this deal happen. They will probably let Logan go.
I’m sad to see Melky go, but his batting average was poor. His defense was fundamentally sound, but you can easily get that from another prospect or free agent. This opens the door a bit more for the Yankees to consider Damon, or even move someone there, or yet sign or trade for another outfielder.