Of all the Yankees free agents, could Javier Vazquez be the first to sign elsewhere?
The Yankees don’t seem to be pursuing him, but Vazquez has built a legitimate market for himself. The Washington Nationals and Florida Marlins are both said to be interested, apparently hoping 2010 was nothing but a bump in the road.
They’re hoping to sign Vazquez on the cheap, then reap the benefits of a rebound.
The interest also seems to be a acknowledgment of the pitching emphasis in baseball. There’s never enough, which means teams are always looking for it, and they’re willing to look anywhere.
Injury risks. Age issues. Pitchers coming off awful seasons. No option is off the table.
It’s yet another reason Cliff Lee’s value is so high.