12/18/09 1:19 PM EST
Vazquez unlikely to waive no-trade clause
Angels have interest, but hurler can veto deal to West team
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
Recent reports have indicated that the Halos have expressed interest in acquiring Vazquez from Atlanta. But it appears that this interest will be negated by the limited no-trade clause that provides the 33-year-old right-hander the right to veto any trades that involve clubs that compete in the West divisions of both the American and National Leagues.
After spending the 2005 season with the D-backs, Vazquez determined that it was his preference to never again play for a team located near the West Coast. His friends have said his desire to include this partial no-trade clause in his current contract was a product of the fact that he wants to remain in close proximity to his friends and family members that still reside in his native Puerto Rico.
While the Braves have publicly said that they are attempting to trade one of their high-priced starting pitchers, it has become evident throughout the baseball industry that they are much more interested in moving Derek Lowe and keeping Vazquez for at least one more season.
Vazquez, who finished fourth in this year's balloting for the National League Cy Young Award, has said that he would like to pitch in Atlanta beyond the end of the 2010 season when his current contract expires.
If the Braves are able to trade Lowe, they are expected to begin talking to Vazquez about a possible contract extension.
Earlier this week, Lowe told MLB.com that he has gained the belief that he will definitely be the high-priced starter that the Braves will eventually move. But some potential suitors have been deterred by the fact that he is owed $45 million over the next three seasons.
Vazquez, who is four years younger than Lowe, will make $11.5 million before becoming eligible for free agency at the completion of the 2010 season.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.