January 23, 2010

Vazquez: ‘I don’t have much playing time left’

Javier Vazquez said those words to a Puerto Rican newspaper, as reported by Bryan Hoch. He also said:

"It is up to God. I go year by year, and I don't know if it will be one, two or three years, but I'm definitely not going to play until 40."

So I guess Vazquez is a guy looking to leave on top, especially after he told the paper he was looking to win a World Series.

This news in general surprised me. One reason why he might be thinking about early retirement is how much he’s pitched throughout his career. In 11 of his past 12 seasons, he’s started over 32 games. Maybe he’s starting to wear down.

But that case is not evidenced by his numbers. Statistically, he’s coming off his best year ever. Yes, it was in the National League, but a sub-3 ERA is good no matter what.

The news leads me to this final prediction: If the Yankees win the World Series this year, he’ll retire.

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