Expos deal Vazquez to Yanks
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The deal is conditional on players passing physicals.
"I think it was tough to trade a player like a
"After the Schilling trade was done with Arizona me and Brian (Cashman, the
Vazquez, 27, was 64-68 with a 4.16 earned run average over six seasons with the
New York was also reportedly interested in free-agent righthander
It has already been a very busy offseason for New York, which has bolstered a weak bullpen from last year by signing free agents
New York also recently re-signed third baseman
Johnson batted .284 with 14 homers, 47 RBI and a .422 on-base percentage last season, and had posted a career average of .256 in 248 games over three injury-filled seasons for the
Rivera's experience with the team had been more limited. He appeared in just 88 games over the past three seasons, batting .262 with eight home runs and 32 RBI, including seven homers and 26 RBI in 57 games last season.
Choate, a sidewinding lefthander, failed to pick up a decision in five games for New York and posted a 7.36 ERA last year. Lifetime in the big leagues, he is 3-2 with a 4.43 ERA in 82 relief appearances with the
"We are getting back three players who do not have a lot of service, and it gives us financial flexibility," Minaya said of the trade.
The deal could free up some money for the