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The Red Sox could use some starting pitching. Javier Vazquez is mulling a comeback and prefers to play on the east coast. It’s a match made in Heaven, no?
According to an industry source, the Red Sox are slated to scout right-hander Javier Vazquez when he pitches for Caguas of the Puerto Rican Winter League on Friday.
NBC Sports: The Red Sox are sending a scout to watch Javier Vazquez pitch
So, there is an up side and down side to their interest in Vazquez, as there is in every interest and acquisition.
We'll start with the positives. If the Sox do show further interest in Vazquez, they could probably get him for less money than he has made in the majors ($7 Million in 2011, $11.5 Million in 2010). He has been out of the league for one full season, so a minor league deal is a slight possibility. His last season in the majors wasn't that bad, going 13-11, with a 3.69 ERA with the Marlins.
He is old enough to have pitched for the Montreal Expos for 6 seasons, so that can be chalked up as a negative. Vazquez is 36 and will be 37 by the trade deadline. He won't be as effective, at least from the start, due to his age and year removed from the league. His overall numbers are slightly better as a NL pitcher than an AL pitcher, which no one in Boston wants to hear.
I have no idea what is left in the tank for Vazquez. The interest from the Red Sox does not surprise me as they continue to try to make something out of almost nothing going into 2013. I would like to think that Vazquez has some potential to help the Sox, though a start in Pawtucket is where I see him if the Sox do take this to the next step.
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Veteran right-handed starting pitcher Javier Vazquez has indicated he has some interest in pitching again in 2013 after sitting out, semi-retired, during 2012. The Washington Nationals reportedly have interest, but only on a minor-league deal. The Boston Red Sox also may have some interest. Vasquez wants to play for a contender, and in the past has indicated he...
Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
1. Even More Javier Vazquez Baseball Coverage, Crazy!
2. Action GIF: Javier Vazquez’s Curveball
3. SCOUT Leaderboards: Puerto Rican League
Even More Javier Vazquez Baseball Coverage, Crazy!
Since last week’s update of the Puerto Rican League leaderboards, former major-league pitcher and potentially...
The Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and Washington
Nationals have been among the teams that have scouted free agent right-hander
Javier Vazquez, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com.
Also, Cora said Blue Jays, Nationals and Red Sox had all been among teams that have scouted Vazquez.
— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) January 4, 2013
It’s been reported that Vazquez...
It seems this is the week of scouting aging former Yankees for the Red Sox.
On Monday, news surfaced that Boston had worked out Bobby Abreu in Venezuela, and on Friday, the team is attending Javier Vazquez‘s start in the Puerto Rican Winter League postseason tournament to scout the right hander, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com.
Vazquez surprisingly sat out of baseball in...
There have been varying rumors surrounding the Miami Marlins
and outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. They’ve ranged from the team being willing to listen to offers on Stanton to there being a nearly no chance that the slugger gets moved this winter. That being said, Hal Bodley of MLB.com believes the
Marlins should trade Stanton; the sooner the better.
The Miami Marlins should...
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Jon Heyman, one of baseball’s best and most trustworthy reporters, cited a source within the Miami Marlins organization that said that there is “zero percent” chance that the Marlins deal young, talented, and disgruntled slugger Giancarlo Stanton this winter. However, I thought it might be a fun exercise to try to come up with a few potential trades that the Marlins would...
The Marlins have said they aren’t shopping Giancarlo Stanton, but that hasn’t stopped teams from asking about the star outfielder.
The Seattle Mariners have discussed a possible deal with Miami for Stanton, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. Morosi mentioned that Seattle’s pitching prospects could interest the Marlins.
The Mariners have RHP Taijuan Walker, LHP Danny Hultzen...
The Mariners continue to search for offense, and Javier Vazquez ponders a return to the majors.
It’s been reported that the Miami Marlins are willing to
listen to trade offers on right fielder Giancarlo Stanton this offseason, and
there’s been “lots of interest” expressed in the young slugger, according to
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. However, sources tell Rosenthal to all but rule
out a deal, adding that the chances of a Stanton trade are “as close to zero as...