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The Yankees and Red Sox have renewed an arms race that rivals the cold war of late. The latest acquisition came today as the Yankees have traded OF Melky Cabrera to the Braves for RHP Javier Vasquez. Vasquez pitched for the Yankees in 2004 and had a successful 2009 in Atlanta, posting 238 strikeouts and a 2.87 ERA. The deal comes a week after the Red Sox locked up star free agent John Lackey on a five year deal.
The Yankees deemed Cabrera, 25, surplus to requirements with the acquisition of Curtis Granderson earlier this off-season. Brett Gardiner figures to be a backup OF. The Yankees are still looking for a corner outfielder and though they have not commented publicly, would love to fill that void with Jason Bay or Matt Holiday.
The Yankees also sent $500,000 to the Braves in the deal.