Javier Vazquez made his only All-Star team during his 2004 stint with the Yankees; he tossed 198 innings. Had he completed just two more innings, he would have ten consecutive seasons of at least 200 innings. Impressive.
Vazquez is coming off a season in which he finished fourth in the National League Cy Young Award voting: a 2.87 ERA over 219.1 innings with a sparkling 1.03 WHIP, 9.8 SO/9 and 5.41 SO/BB.
Coming to the powerful American League East, Vazquez’s numbers will surely rise. But slotting him into the number three spot in the Yankees’ rotation behind CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett will absolutely help him. Not having to be the ace, allowing other starters to take some of the burden and having perhaps the greatest offensive lineup in the history of the game will allow Vazquez to have a stellar 2010 season—a fitting follow-up to a career year with the Atlanta Braves in 2009.