After his second unsuccessful stint in New York, Javier Vazquez is headed back to the National League.
According to the Florida Marlins’ website, multiple sources have confirmed that Vazquez has signed one-year deal worth somewhere between $6-7 million. According to Ken Rosenthal, the deal also includes a no-trade clause, and forbids the Marlins from offering Vazquez arbitration next season.
Vazquez is coming off of a disappointing year with the Yankees in which he went 10-10 with a 5.32 ERA and his lowest strikeout-per-nine-innings-rate since 2004 — his last stint with the Yankees. While his 2010 season was a forgettable one, Vazquez is just one year removed from a phenomenal 2009 campaign with the Braves that saw him finish fourth in NL Cy Young voting.
Vazquez projects to be the third starter in the Marlins’ rotation, behind Josh Johnson and Ricky Nolasco, but ahead of Anibal Sanchez and Chris Volstad.
As a Type B free agent, Vazquez will net the Yankees a sandwich-round compensation pick in the 2011 draft.