Source confirms it is highly unlikely Vazquez would approve trade involving Angels
A source close to Javier Vazquez said this morning that it’s “highly unlikely” that the veteran pitcher would approve a trade to the Angels or any of the other clubs that compete in the Western divisions of the American and National Leagues.
As many of you know, Vazquez has a limited no-trade clause that allows him to veto any trades involving clubs that compete in these two divisions.
So while the Angels might have more interest in Vazquez than Derek Lowe, there’s seemingly little reason to believe they’ll be able to work a deal involving the 33-year-old right-hander, who has made it known that he’d like to pitch in Atlanta beyond the end of this upcoming season, when his current contract expires.
The Braves remain focused on their attempts to deal Lowe.
Just received confirmation that the Braves have signed Joe Thurston to a Minor League contract and provided him an invitation to big league camp. Thurston hit .225 and compiled a .645 OPS in 124 games with the Cardinals this past season.
Thurston could at least provide organizational depth as utility player. He made 55 of his 66 starts as a third baseman this past season.