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Vazquez only the first domino to fall
The Braves trade for right-hander Javier Vazquez was the first major acquisition of a pitcher for the offseason. And it won't be the last. Atlanta's acquisition of Vazquez is a great move. They get exactly what they need in a dependable and durable starting pitcher. No pitcher in the game has been more durable than Vazquez in this decade. Yes, he's been a little more inconsistent since he left Montreal a few years ago. But Vazquez has still been a very good middle-of-the-rotation starting pitcher. He's still a strikeout pitcher. He's still someone very capable of winning fifteen games a season. Those who will criticize this deal need to remember what the Braves needed most this winter: innings-eaters. They need pitchers who can give the club seven innings or more consistently, and Vazquez can do that. If the Braves can get innings eaters for the rotation, the bullpen will be better rested and more effective later in the season. But the Braves are getting Vazquez without giving up...
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