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Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  December 22, 2009 01:02 PM

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That is what new/old Yankees pitcher Javier Vasquez is. The Yanks response to John Lackey was to re-acquire Vasquez, who in his one season in the Bronx was 14-10 with a 4.91 ERA, making the All-Star team but faltering badly down the stretch. Check this off as a Sox win because the Yankees had to give up Melky Cabrera to get Vasquez from the Braves.

That means New York has moved two young, cost-effective, athletic outfielders this off-season after giving up Austin Jackson to get Curtis Granderson. Vasquez is ordinary in the AL and gives up a lot of long balls. This move is a ripple, not a splash like the Lackey signing. With an opening in left field now don't rule out the Yankees sticking it to the Sox with Jason Bay.
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...That's what the Patriots have when it comes to picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. After all those years of stockpiling picks the way a survivalist does non-perishables the Patriots have just five picks in this year's draft, thanks to Band-aid trades for Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Five picks would be the fewest draft picks in franchise history. (Part of that is attributable to the trimming of the draft to just seven rounds in 1994). Further complicating matters is that two of the Patriots' greatest needs are at wide receiver and cornerback, positions where they have sustained draft droughts. With that in mind, I'm convinced the Patriots are going trade back out of the first round of a quanity-over-quality draft where you're just as likely to pick a Pro Bowl player in the second and third round as you are in the first round.

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