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Red Sox scouting Vazquez in Puerto Rico

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08:15 AM ET 01.03 | A few days removed from having a look at Bobby Abreu, Boston may have its eye on another former Yankee. According to an industry source, the Red Sox are slated to scout right-hander Javier Vazquez when he pitches for Caguas of the Puerto Rican Winter League on Friday. Vazquez is pitching against Santurce in the third game of the playoffs for Caguas as part of the 12-game round-robin postseason tournament on the island. News of the Sox' scouting undertaking was first reported by Victor Ramos in Puerto Rico (via twitter). The veteran has been showing fastball velocity of 92-93 mph in recent workouts. Vazquez, 36, last pitched in the big leagues in 2011, when he went 13-11 with a 3.69 ERA in 192 2/3 innings for the Marlins.

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January 3, 2013  08:39 AM ET

Even at his best, he never struck fear in the other team. Now, the best he can hope for is to be the last guy in the bullpen.

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January 3, 2013  08:59 AM ET
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Those '11 numbers aren't bad at all...why didn't he pitch in '12? I assume he was hurt?

He actually finished with a 29 inning scoreless streak in 2011, so I'd be curious as well as to why he sat out last season as well.

January 3, 2013  09:00 AM ET
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He actually finished with a 29 inning scoreless streak in 2011, so I'd be curious as well as to why he sat out last season as well.

Note to self: try proofreading before posting, as well.

January 3, 2013  09:09 AM ET

WOW!!! They are looking at everyone and anyone

January 3, 2013  09:20 AM ET

Maybe he's been working out with Bartolo Col??n?

January 3, 2013  09:22 AM ET
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He actually finished with a 29 inning scoreless streak in 2011, so I'd be curious as well as to why he sat out last season as well.

Maybe he sat out last season because nobody wanted him. Why would the Sox even waste their time after his 2 crummy years in the Bronx?

January 3, 2013  09:31 AM ET

Javier said he wanted to spend more time with his kids so he sat out last year and now maybe he misses the game and money.

January 3, 2013  09:32 AM ET
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Maybe he sat out last season because nobody wanted him. Why would the Sox even waste their time after his 2 crummy years in the Bronx?

Yeah, he was pretty awful for the Yanks. But lets face it, everyone one needs pitching. He's worth a look.

January 3, 2013  09:36 AM ET
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Yeah, he was pretty awful for the Yanks. But lets face it, everyone one needs pitching. He's worth a look.

They should've looked at Lohse instead. Vasquez's velocity in the mid to high 80's when he was in NY. He's a batting practice pitcher at this point in his career.

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January 3, 2013  09:52 AM ET
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Javier said he wanted to spend more time with his kids so he sat out last year and now maybe he misses the game and money.

Maybe he just needed a year to really work out and get stronger, while not worrying about having to pass a drug test?

January 3, 2013  09:54 AM ET

if this is true, its truly going to be a long, long year...

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January 3, 2013  10:43 AM ET
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Relax. This is "Truth and Rumors." Could just be a rumor.

Correct but I think it shows some good out-of-the-box thinking on the part of the Sox. It costs very little to work a guy out and check if he has anything left in the tank. I believe that if you can get 85% performance for 10% of the cost of a high-priced free agent then you should go for it. Look how much value the Yankees got out of Raul Ibanez. He only cost them $1.1M; I know it doesn't always work out that well but it's worth a look.

January 3, 2013  11:26 AM ET
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He actually finished with a 29 inning scoreless streak in 2011, so I'd be curious as well as to why he sat out last season as well.

His numbers in the National League are much better than his numbers in the American League...Boston should pass him up.

January 3, 2013  11:33 AM ET

You can never have enough pitching. If it moves and can throw, it's worth looking at.

That said, I don't think we're talking about a front-of-rotation guy here. Just another arm to burn up some innings.

January 3, 2013  11:45 AM ET
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You can never have enough pitching. If it moves and can throw, it's worth looking at.That said, I don't think we're talking about a front-of-rotation guy here. Just another arm to burn up some innings.

Very true, but I would probably pass on him given his previous failures in the AL East.

 
January 3, 2013  11:59 AM ET

as far as i can remembered, he decided to retire after the 2011 season,,

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