Braves not talking to Dodgers about Vazquez
If the Braves determine that they can’t move Derek Lowe, they will have to increase their efforts to move Javier Vazquez. But contrary to a tweet posted by former Reds and Nationals GM Jim Bowden, they aren’t currently talking to the Dodgers about Vazquez.
As many of you have already pointed out in this forum, Vazquez’s contract includes a clause that prevents him from being traded to any of the teams from the West divisions of the American and National Leagues.
In addition, early Friday afternoon a team source said that the Braves and Dodgers aren’t currently in the midst of any trade discussions.
Before moving Vazquez and the $11.5 million that he is owed next year, the Braves will concentrate their efforts on moving Lowe and the $45 million that he is owed over the course of the next three years.
Earlier this week, I mentioned that the Yankees might have some interest in Lowe. But it now appears that they won’t attempt to land the 36-year-old sinkerballer, who went 15-10 with a 4.67 ERA for the Braves this past season.
It now appears the more likely suitors for Lowe would be the Brewers or Angels, a pair of teams looking to add a veteran front-line starter.
But the Angels will first wait to get a better understanding about how much it might take to bring John Lackey back to serve as their ace. If the highly-sought right-hander signs elsewhere, they could gauge the possibility of trading for Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay before turning their sights toward Lowe.
As for the Brewers, there has been some indication that they would be more interested in acquiring Vazquez.