Those other three players…

Logan’s 2009 splits against lefties definitely shows potential for him to replace Phil Coke as the Yankee lefty specialist.

Split G PA
AB R H 2B 3B HR SB CS BB SO SO/BB BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
vs RHB as LH 14 38 33 7 12 1 0 1 0 0 5 3 0.60 .364 .447 .485 .932 16 1 0 0 0 3 .379 143 144
vs LHB as LH 19 44 39 3 9 3 0 0 0 0 4 7 1.75 .231 .318 .308 .626 12 1 1 0 0 0 .281 63 80

Another interesting note is the success Logan has against the first batter he faces:

Split G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR SB CS BB SO SO/BB BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
First Batter 20 20 19 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .158 .200 .158 .358 3 1 1 0 0 0 .200 -6 1

Now, let’s look at who the Yankees gave up:

Mike Dunn:
Dunn, a 24 year old left handed pitcher, played his college ball at Austin Peay, signed with the Yankees as an outfielder in 2004. The Yankees converted him to a pitcher and he has steadily moved up through the minors. Dunn is viewed as a solid power pitcher. He has a fastball that has touched 97-98 and a nasty power slider. While Dunn is a strikeout pitcher, he has struggled with his control. Scouts view this as a correctable problem, however, as it does not appear to be a mechanical issue so much as him getting too pumped up and overthrowing the ball. Dunn had a good 2009, starting in Trenton before moving up to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and making his major league debut on September 4. The Braves have picked up a major league ready arm who, with some work, could be a good asset for them in 2010.

Arodys Vizcaino: Vizcaino may prove to be a far bigger loss than Melky Cabrera, as the 19 year old right-handed pitcher was viewed as one of the Yankees’ top prospects. Pitching for Staten Island this year, Vizcaino went 2-4 with a 2.13 ERA. He has good control and struck out 52 batters in just 42.1 innings. His four seam fastball has reached the 94-96 MPH range which is accompanied by a quick release. He has added a big league power curveball that he throws with confidence, sitting at 78-80 MPH and really bottoming out over the plate. Vizcaino still has a way to go with his changeup, but he continues to work on it. Overall, the Braves have picked up a young pitcher who projects to be a big arm down the line.

Brian Cashman made a good move yesterday, giving the Yankees one of the best starting rotations in baseball and putting them in a position to defend their World Series title in 2010. Still, Atlanta did not walk away with nothing. They got an average major league outfielder with Melky Cabrera and a couple young arms with some good potential.

Tamar has written for IIATMS since July 2009, having started off writing game recaps before shifting to the minor leagues. Born in Connecticut and having lived all over the country and in South Korea, Tamar now finds herself "temporarily misplaced" in New Hampshire. Please send help.