Wow, interesting Braves trade for Javy Vazquez. Vazquez is a solid veteran pitcher, but I can't say that I'm a huge fan of this move. What exactly is Javy Vazquez going to do for the Braves next year?? Unless Wren is planning to make a few significant moves this offseason to make the Braves contenders right away, this trade seems like a waste. Plus, they gave up one of their better prospects in Tyler Flowers. They aren't really ready to compete with the Mets or the Phillies, so why not get on with a rebuilding process?? If anything, the Braves should be looking to unload some of their veterans for young guns. Going out and bringing in Javy Vazquez just prolongs their current mediocrity. He makes them a little better, but does he put them on a path toward a division title?? No. And they're going to be paying him $11.5 million the next two years, so he puts a dent in payroll flexibility.
Perception is everything though I guess. Five years ago, I would have been singing the praises of John Schuerholz for "stealing" Javy Vazquez and predicting that he would revive his career under the tutelage of Bobby Cox. Now, it just looks like lipstick on a pig. Frank Wren is no Schuerholz, so it's hard to give him the benefit of the doubt here.
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