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Yanks Agree to One-Year Deal with Vizcaino
By mvyb, 17.01.2007, 10:03

The New York Yankees agreed to terms on a one-year contract with right-handed pitcher Luis Vizcaino on Tuesday, avoiding salary arbitration.

Vizcaino, 32, will earn $3 million in 2007, according to the Associated Press.

Vizcaino was acquired on Jan. 9 from the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Randy Johnson trade. He has been projected as a major part of the Yankees' 2007 bullpen setup, slotting anywhere from the sixth to the eighth inning.

Vizcaino is a decent middle-relief pitcher, who does a good job retiring batters from both sides of the plate. He has a good strikeout pitch (72 K's in 65 inn last year), but he will get burned by the occasional long ball. So unless he really shines in New York, I can't see him as anything but a 5th-6th inning guy.
And of course, as the YesNetwork blog points out, we could see Torre blow his arm off like the skipper did last year with Proctor:
Luis Vizcaino, throws hard, gets the strikeouts, and, as we discussed yesterday, gets burned on the home run quite frequently. It's not an Arizona park effect, it's not a Milwaukee park effect, it's just who he is. I can foresee a couple of outcomes for Vizcaino, including a repeat of 2003's Juan Acevedo story in which he gets a few save opportunities, blows a couple in dramatic fashion, and is put on the first train out of town. Alternatively, he could also pitch quite well in April. Joe Torre will fall in love with him, using him 26 times in 30 days, and fail to notice as fatigue and overexposure slowly destroy him. By June the Yankees will be wondering what's wrong with him, and by July they'll be trying J.B. Cox in his spot.
The good news is: if Torre tries to blow Vizcaino's arm off, he won't have as much opportunity to kill poor Scott. Vizcaino might have to be the hero here- take some blows for the greater good.

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