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Hey Hoynsie: Javier Vazquez?

Hey, Hoynsie: Javier Vazquez had a bad year with the Yankees, which means his price on the open market should be much less that the $11.5 million he made last season. He seems to pitch well in situations (like Cleveland) where team expectations are low. Perhaps the Indians could offer him $8-9 million for a one-year deal with an option for a second. He's a strikeout pitcher (which would be helpful with the Indians' weak infield defense) and he has been an innings eater in the past. It would give the Tribe time to develop Alex White, Drew Pomeranz and others. -- Joe Eversole, Pelham, Ala. Hey, Joe: I like the idea, but I doubt that Vazquez would give the Indians a discount. He went 10-10 with the Yankees and is 25-20 over the last two years. If anything, he's the kind of established pitcher that the Indians, given their competitive situation, would have to overpay.From the latest mailbag. While Hoynes is a little dismissive, the idea doesn't seem all that far-fetched to me. If the Indians want a veteran starter, and historically they've been into that, Vazquez seems like a guy who could be a good chip at the deadline.
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