Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The soup is always better the second day...

Like that Jambalaya you leave in the fridge overnight allowing the spices to really soak in, this deal with Vazquez for Melky is getting better after 24 hours of thought.

First, Vazquez is coming off the best season of his career. He's never been a Cy Young contender, but his performance this year won over many a Braves fan. Emotions were high, but so was the Vazquez price tag. Buy low, sell high. Last year, Wren picked up Vazquez for $11.5/yr coming off a shaky term with the White Sox. This year, Wren trades Vazquez after the best year of his career, with nowhere to go but down. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe last year was just a precursor of what's to come out of Vazquez, but he's 33 not 26, I'd say the odds are in the Braves' favor. Nice job Frank Wren, A- in Investing 101.

Next, Wren has indicated he's not expecting Melky be our offensive answer (that's a relief), but be more of a utility-type outfielder "giving Diaz (and others) a break" but not necessarily taking their job. The club needs at least 4 outfielder, plus an Infante utility man that can play anywhere, and before yesterday those 4 were McClouth, Diaz, Heyward, and Greg White (f/k/a Gregor Blanco). Melky does fit into this mix, and helps the club knowing that he isn't viewed as the answer.

Finally, the prospects are pretty impressive! Vizcaino is young (19) but has huge upside and Dunn is a ++ lefty, struggling to find his control. Both average more than 9 K's per 9! Dunn will be a rookie if he's able to make the club out of Spring Training (he made just 4 big league appearances last year), and he's got potential to be a solid back-end bullpen guy. But the real promise is with Vizcaino.

If the prospects develop, this deal has the potential to be as good as the deal 2 years ago sending Edgar Renteria (after hitting .336) to Detroit for little known Jair Jurrjens.

Also, it seems news is heating up about the potential of bringing 30 homerun promise Dan Uggla to Atlanta, though this seems to be coming more from bloggers and sports talk radio, of course nothing out of the Braves beat writers or PR department.


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