Interest in Vazquez makes sense
November, 4, 2008
An interesting bit of news from the GM meetings ...
DANA POINT, Calif. -- While White Sox GM Ken Williams has gone underground on responding to trade rumors, one from a well-placed source at the general managers meetings said the Mets had interest in Javier Vazquez.
The source did not know what the Mets were offering in return, but it might not be much if they would take the entire $23 million owed to the right-hander for the next two seasons. The Mets are looking for at least one starting pitcher and maybe two.
All Williams would say Monday at the opening of three days of business meetings for GMs was, "There are some things in preliminary discussions, but I don't expect anything to materialize.
I'm going to explore all the possibilities to win."
Vazquez became expendable after a late-season meltdown in pressure games when he went 0-3 with a 13.50 ERA. He finished the season 12-16.
Vazquez, who has a no-trade clause to West Coast teams, was fourth in the American League in strikeouts, but his only winning season in the last four was 2007, when he finished 15-8. He also had winning records in Montreal in the early 2000s when current Mets GM Omar Minaya worked there.