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So, who's out there for teams that have to shop for hamburger instead of steak?
I would love to see Vazquez in a Met uniform.
@8 -- I don't usually buy into the whole "bright lights of NYC" crap, but with Javier I wouldn't even begin to think of him as able to withstand the pressure of the Mets, especially given that he just failed completely over in the Bronx. If I'm the Mets, I stay clear of him unless he wants to take a big discount.
That said, a 110 ERA+ for 200 innings is what, around 4 WAR? So that's valuable, but tempered expectations with the soon to be 35 year old seem to be in order.
In 2004 Javy was bothered by something- I don't know if it was NY (though Yankee fans KNOW it was)
Obviously, that could be seen as a bit of after-the-fact excuse making, but he *did* get selected to the 2004 All Star Game, his first half of 2004 was quite good and an shoulder "injury" or impairment of some kind seems like a fairly logical explanation for his disaster of a 2nd half (rather than, say, he woke up one morning with a critical case of "Ed Whitson-itis".)
and two lost seasons where something was really wrong physically - and both of those seasons just happened to be with the New York Yankees
Player ERA+ SO/9 BB/9 k/bbMariano Rivera 204 8.2 2.1 3.9Keith Foulke 140 8.2 2.2 3.7Jose Rijo 136 7.6 2.4 3.2Felix Hernandez 133 8.1 2.8 2.9John Smoltz 129 8.2 2.5 3.3Jered Weaver 124 7.8 2.5 3.1Cole Hamels 123 8.5 2.4 3.6Josh Beckett 112 8.5 2.8 3.1Javier Vazquez 105 8.1 2.4 3.3Ricky Nolasco 96 8.0 2.1 3.8
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