As per Mark Feinsand on Twitter, the Yankees and Braves have decided to exchange some players under contract to one another as is the accepted practice among professional baseball teams in the Modern Era. New York will send center fielder Melky Cabrera, pitcher Mike Dunn, and a PTBNL to Atlanta and get back their former employee, starting pitcher Javy Vazquez, and reliever Boone Logan.
Vazquez was a Yankee for one year back in 2004 and even made the All Star team, but was sent to Arizona after he folded in the playoffs and after team owner George Steinbrenner lusted after Randy Johnson. Interestingly enough, Vazquez originally came to the team when New York traded away Nick Johnson, whom the Yankees acquired last week. Vazquez was the Braves ace last year but will slot into the #2 spot for the Yankees, because he's probably less inconsistent than that redneck A.J. Burnett.
Melky Cabrera, 25, lost the starting CF job to Brett Gardner last season but won it back after Gardner's slow start. He's a better fielder than the Braves current guy in center, Nate McLouth, and probably not a good enough hitter to play a corner OF spot. But who knows where the Braves will pencil him in.
Let it be known that this guy (points to self) would rather have dismissed Nick Swisher, who cannot field his position, run the bases, or dress like a grown-up. But hey, Vazquez strikes out batters like it's his job (note: it is his job) so as a Yankees fan, I am pleased.