I just got off the con-call with Frank Wren about today's trade which brought Melky Cabrera, Mike Dunn, and Arodys Vizcaino from the Yankees to the Braves in exchange for Javier Vazquez and Boone Logan -- the second straight year in which Vazquez and Logan have been involved in the same trade. Here are some highlights of that call, all rough quotes of Frank Wren:
"We knew that we would have an extra pitcher that would allow us to improve our club in other areas."
They liked Melky's "versatility to play all three outfield positions."
The Braves had a "lot of interest in Arodys when he was an international free agent."
Going forward to fill the open spots on the team, specifically first base, Wren is "open to what may be out there." It sounds like they won't rush any move.
Wren has already talked with Derek Lowe after he made those comments to MLB.com, and it sounds like they've smoothed things over.
There was no magic to the timing of the trade, they just "felt like they had a real good match," with the Yankees after exploring their options over the last two months. Talks began over the weekend.
Wren made it sound like Melky will play all three outfield spots, spelling the starters as sort of a super-fourth outfielder who will get into 130-140 games.
Overall I didn't get any indication that they have anything else brewing, and Wren didn't tip his cap in any way, even though David O'Brien did a good job of trying to get him to.
As a side note to the trade, I'd like to mention that I called this back at the beginning of October:
The odds are best that Vazquez is the guy to go.
Okay, I'm done tooting my own horn. Here are some reactions to the trade:
- Mark Bradley of the AJC thinks this is the worst move in Atlanta or Georgia sports all year.
- Over the Monster, a Red Sox blog, thinks the Yankees one-upped the Sox.
- River Avenue Blues believes that this gives Vazquez a second chance to get it right in New York, but he may have to face the demons of his last game in pinstripes in his first start.
- Dave Cameron of Fan Graphs says not to hate this deal for Atlanta, that we came out okay.
- Pinstripe Alley likes the new look of the Yankees stacked rotation.
- Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus tweets "Any headline on this trade that does not mention Arodys Vizcaino is totally missing the point."
I think it's time for a poll, now that we've had a chance to digest the news.