Let the Braves' Javier Vazquez rumors begin

With the signing of Tim Hudson, the baseball rumorverse can officially begin spewing forth any and all whispered third-hand nuggets about who might match up with the Braves as trading partners for one of their extra starting pitchers. The first one comes from ex-Nats GM Jim Bowden on his Twitter feed:

Hudson 3-yr deal done with Braves, Dodgers talking with Braves re: Vazquez and Mets re: Castillo according to sources

There are a lot of things wrong with that rumor. First of all, they're just talking and that kind of stuff happens all the time. Second, Javier Vazquez has a no trade clause to any Western Division team in either league, meaning he would have to approve any trade to the Dodgers. That makes this rumor less credible.

I think we'll hear more Vazquez rumors simply because he's the more attractive pitcher between him and Derek Lowe, but I don't think we'll see too much movement on the trade front until John Lackey has signed somewhere. He's the marquee name on the free agent starting pitching market, and whichever teams lose out on him may have more incentive to settle for Lowe -- and those teams would presumably be teams that could afford Lowe.

It's a wait and see approach... but rumors are fun, aren't they.

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