|Can Javier Vazquez help get the White Sox repeat in 2006?|
The Chicago White Sox already had one of the best starting rotations in baseball, but Javier Vazquez's desire to be traded eastward in order to be closer to his family ultimately landed him with the defending World Series champions. On Wednesday, the Arizona Diamondbacks sent Vazquez to Chicago in exchange for Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez, steady reliever Luis Vizcaino and 22-year-old outfield prospect Chris Young.
Time will tell which team got the better deal here; but while the White Sox get another great arm in Vazquez, who is seven years younger than Hernandez, it comes at a price.
Vazquez is owed $24 million over the next two years (although Arizona will reportedly help pay some of it) and Chicago parts with Young, a centerfielder who possesses a fine combination of power and speed. In addition, the White Sox must decide to either make impressive young righty Brandon McCarthy wait even longer to join the rotation, or send one of last year's starters to the bullpen.
So, SportsNation, we ask you to assess this deal. Who do you think got the better deal long-term? What do you expect from Javier Vazquez in 2006? And what approach should the Diamondbacks take in 2006?