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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Braves - Acquired Vazquez
Atlanta Braves - Acquired P Javier Vazquez and P Boone Logan from the Chicago White Sox for C Tyler Flowers, SS Brent Lillibridge, 3B Jon Gilmore, and P Santos Rodriguez.
Losing Flowers hurts, but the Braves didn’t really want to lose Yunel Escobar and you do have to give up something for a mid-rotation starter signed for 2-years, $23 million in a world in which someone’s going to pay Carlos Silva more for longer. Vazquez may not have lived up to the breakthrough he showed in 2001, but he’s never truly had a bad season and he’s as likely to be healthy as any pitcher probably can be. He may still be more a thrower than a pitcher and throws his slider at the wrong times, but he’s a good enough thrower to be valuable to a rotation missing Tim Hudson for at least most of 2009.
Flowers is an excellent prospect and unlike a lot of players at the type, he works on his defense and is successful enough that he doesn’t automatically need to be moved to 1B. He’s a great pickup for the White Sox and while every team would like to hang onto a player like him, he’s only two years younger than Brian McCann and the Braves aren’t a strong enough organization that they can just hoard players of value.
Boone Logan has a decent fastball that’s very hittable. A LOOGY that isn’t good enough against lefties to comfortably use as such, he’d be one of the weakest members of the bullpen if he makes the Braves.
Brent Lillibridge was bad enough in 2008 to seriously move him down the prospect charts and Jon Gilmore’s a disappointing 1B prospect that was terrible in a cup of coffee in the Sally League. Santos Rodriguez is a far, far way off.
ZiPS Projection - Tyler Flowers (C)
ZiPS Projection - Brent Lillibridge (SS)
ZiPS Projection - Boone Logan
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