Imagine my lack of surprise when I found out that the Yankees had once again dealt parts of their future for a chance to win now. It was something that the team had gotten away from in the middle of the decade, hanging on to a good portion of their farm system and seeing what became of them.
But, in recent weeks, the team has fallen back into the trap of sacrificing later for now. First the Curtis Granderson deal, and now this one.
The Yankees have acquired Javier Vazquez and Boone Logan from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for young outfielder Melky Cabrera, promising lefty reliever Mike Dunn and 19-year-old righty Arodys Vizcaino. This would be the same Vazquez who fell apart in pinstripes in the second half of the 2004 season.
But is it really that bad of a deal? Yes, the Yankees have unloaded a ton of prospects in these deals, but they’ve managed to hold on to the majority of their upper echelon guys. Getting rid of Austin Jackson may come back to bite them in the end, but other than that, they don’t appear to have given up too much.
But it’s still difficult to see the team parting with guys like Mike Dunn — who would have had a great opportunity to help the Yankees in the big leagues this year — for someone else’s lefty reliever. Maybe it’s just because I’ve followed these guys for the past few years, but it’s always preferable to see any team stay with their homegrown talent.
Your thoughts on the deal?
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com