# Friday, December 05, 2008

The White Sox have traded Javier Vazquez & Boone Logan to the Atlanta Braves. In return, the Sox get Tyler Flowers, Brent Lillibridge, Jonathan Gilmore, & Santos Rodriguez. I like this trade quite a bit. Tyler Flowers has a chance to be a major offensive force. If he can stay behind the plate, he has the ability to be a top 5 offensive catcher. His performance in the AFL was outstanding (387/460/973 with 12 HR in only 20 games). This capped an already impressive season with Myrtle Beach in high Class A (288/427/494). His numbers are even lower than they otherwise might have been, as Myrtle Beach is a very tough place to hit.

Santos Rodriguez is basically a lottery ticket. He has a great arm, but is so far from the majors that his career could go in any number of directions. Lillibridge and Gilmore are likely no more than bench players.

I have to admit, I'm not going to miss Vazquez all that much. He had a fantastic arm, and was a workhorse. But his results never lived up to his peripherals, and they haven't done so since his days with the Expos. At some point, you have to look at results, and his results were mediocre at best. However, he was a class act, and I wish him all the best in Atlanta. As for Boone Logan, good riddance!