Rumor: Yankees are watching Javier Vazquez’s winter ball starts


Javier Vazquez has been pitching in winter ball as he tries to work his way back into Major League Baseball and the Yankees have been among the teams that have been watching his starts, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

The Yankees rotation is set right now with five starters plus David Phelps in place, but the expectation was that they would bottom feed for extra depth. It’s been reported that Vazquez has been sitting in the 92-95 mph range this winter so it seems like he’s still in shape, but after sitting out a season he could potentially come cheap which makes him a potential fit.

The problem is that he’s Vazquez and he’s made himself quite infamous with Yankees fans after his two failed stints in the Bronx. First was when the Yankees traded for him before the 2004 season before he posted a 4.91 ERA after a terrible second half. Then again when they traded for him before the 2010 season and he posted an even worse 5.32 ERA both times severely hurting the Yankees championship aspirations. To make things worse, both times the Yankees gave up solid prospects to land him, Nick Johnson in 2004 and then Arodys Vizcaino in 2010.

This time around the Yankees would practically have to land Vazquez on a minor league deal to get any support from fans. Especially considering the state of the organization where the fans are already upset over the cutting of payroll amidst record profits and exorbitant ticket prices.

So while the Yankees continue to monitor his starts it seems very unlikely that they could justify to their fan base signing one of the least popular players of the last decade. It might spark a full on revolt if they didn’t re-sign their only starting-caliber catcher over $3 million only to turn around and spend that money on Vazquez.

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11 Responses to Rumor: Yankees are watching Javier Vazquez’s winter ball starts

  1. Mike Sommer says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! (Much weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth). I didn't mind giving him a second chance, but not a third.

  2. Anthony says:

    This isn't even funny

  3. Mike says:

    Please, not again.

  4. Hate-losing says:

    Seems like a new low everyday

  5. Hate-losing says:

    Why dont we just sign carl pavano as well….

  6. Keena says:

    Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me. Fool me three times… fill in the blank

  7. ollie says:

    Maybe he can catch!

  8. SMH says:


  9. Tanned Tom says:

    Cashman obviously cannot move on when it comes to certain guys. Who's next, Sergio Mitre?

  10. JohnHD says:

    I've seen articles saying he had a mini resurgence with the Marlins. As much as I would love to have other guys, I wouldn't mind to have him back as a backup. Not inclined to have him as a starter .. I remember it was brutal to watch games with him pitching …but a 1 year deal might be worth looking into.

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