The Chicago White Sox have been rumored to be interested in Javier Vazquez. I hope this really is just a rumor and nothing more because I don’t want to see Vazquez back in a White Sox uniform.
Vazquez didn’t pitch in the MLB in 2012. He last pitched in the MLB in 2011 with the Miami Marlins. He is now currently in Puerto Rico pitching and there are other teams that are scouting him. Besides the White Sox, the Boston Red Sox and the Washington Nationals have been scouting Vazquez. I don’t want Rick Hahn to even think about signing Vazquez.
Here is a little history on Vazquez and his time with the White Sox. The White Sox traded for Vazquez in 2006. At the time they traded top prospect Chris Young along with Orlando Hernandez and Luis Vizcaino. While with the White Sox from 2006-2008, Vazquez went 38-36 with a 4.40 ERA while striking struck out 597 hitters.
When just looking at his numbers during his time with the White Sox, one might consider taking the chance and bringing Vazquez back. For fans who actually remember his time in Chicago, it’s a different story. Vazquez was very aggravating. Whenever he seemed to be doing well he would regress. He also wasn’t a big-game pitcher and Ozzie Guillen once called Vazquez out because of that: “He hasn’t been a big-game pitcher, that’s the bottom line. What you see is what you get. Javy is going to be Javy. I just want him to be aggressive.”
That is really the story of his career. In his career, Vazquez is 165-160 and has an ERA of 4.22. He also has 2536 strikeouts. Vazquez is very talented. He has all the tools to be a great pitcher. He has so many different pitches to get batters out. Yet, he just isn’t an elite pitcher.
Look, if pitching guru Don Cooper couldn’t improve Vazquez then I’m not sure he can improve. If Vazquez wants to come back and pitch in the MLB great for him, I just don’t want to see him in a White Sox uniform ever again.
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