By Mark Fein­sand AND Bill Mad­den / Dai­ly News Sports Writers

(Bazemore/AP) The Yankees are bringing pitcher Javier Vazquez back to the Bronx...

(Bazemore/AP) The Yan­kees are bring­ing pitch­er Javier Vazquez back to the Bronx…

The Yan­kees bol­stered their rota­tion Tues­day by bring­ing a famil­iar face back to the Bronx.

Javier Vazquez, best remem­bered around these parts for serv­ing up a grand slam to John­ny Damon in Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS, was reac­quired by the Yan­kees in a five-play­er trade that sent Melky Cabr­era, two minor-league pitch­ers and $500,000 in cash to the Braves. The Yan­kees also got left-hand­ed relief spe­cial­ist Boone Logan.

Vazquez went 14–10 with a 4.91 ERA in his lone sea­son in pin­stripes, pitch­ing well enough to make his only All-Star team in the first half before a sec­ond-half col­lapse. His year end­ed with the dis­mal out­ing against the Red Sox in Game 7, and less than three months lat­er, he was sent pack­ing to Ari­zona in the Randy John­son trade.

“As a base­ball play­er, you know you’re going to have some good times and some tough times,” Vazquez said. “For me, ’04 was a tough time, but this is a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to come back. Hope­ful­ly I can erase those memories.”

Vazquez, 33, went 10–5 with a 3.56 ERA before the All-Star break in 2004, but he bat­tled a sore shoul­der for much of the sec­ond half with­out telling any­body, result­ing in a 4–5 record and 6.92 ERA.

“It was­n’t an injury, my shoul­der just did­n’t feel right,” Vazquez said. “It may have been my mis­take that I nev­er said any­thing, but that’s over with. I’m ready for a brand new start.”

In addi­tion to Cabr­era, the Yan­kees sent left-han­der Mike Dunn to the Braves along with Aro­dys Viz­caino, a 19-year-old righty ranked last week by Base­ball Amer­i­ca as the No. 3 prospect in the organization.

Hav­ing pitched at least 198 innings in each of the past 10 sea­sons, Vazquez pro­vides some much-need­ed sta­bil­i­ty at the back of their rota­tion. Vazquez ranks sec­ond to Livan Her­nan­dez in starts (327) and innings (2,163) among big-league pitch­ers since 2000, while his 2,001 strike­outs this decade are sec­ond only to John­son — the man the Yan­kees dealt him for near­ly five years ago.

“(Vazquez) is a tremen­dous pitch­er with a long career of suc­cess and dura­bil­i­ty,” Bri­an Cash­man said. “The sec­ond half of ’04, which was poor, can­not erase the long suc­cess that he’s had in both the Amer­i­can and Nation­al League.”

Accord­ing to a source, Cash­man dis­cussed a pos­si­ble trade for Car­los Zam­bra­no with the Cubs, who were even will­ing to take back Kei Igawa and the $12 mil­lion he’s owed over the next three years. But those nego­ti­a­tions fell apart when the Cubs refused to pick up any of the $53 mil­lion owed to Zam­bra­no over the next three years, so Cash­man turned his atten­tion to Vazquez.

Vazquez will earn $11.5 mil­lion this sea­son, the final year of the three-year, $34.5million exten­sion he signed with the White Sox in 2007. Cabr­era would have received more than $3 mil­lion in arbi­tra­tion this year, so the Yan­kees added rough­ly $8 mil­lion to their pay­roll with the move.

Adding Vazquez to a rota­tion that already fea­tures CC Sabathia, A.J. Bur­nett and Andy Pet­titte means the Yan­kees can now move either Phil Hugh­es or Joba Cham­ber­lain to the bullpen, as the pair will com­pete with Ser­gio Mitre, Chad Gaudin and Alfre­do Aceves for the No. 5 job.

“Some­body is going to end up the odd man out of the rota­tion,” Cash­man said. “If Open­ing Day was today and we were up at Fen­way Park and every­body stayed healthy, we’re not going with a six-man rota­tion, so some­body is going to have to pitch in the bullpen.”

Although Vazquez’s first tenure with the Yan­kees did­n’t have a hap­py end­ing, the cir­cum­stances are com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent this time around. Instead of being asked to replace Pet­titte and Roger Clemens at the top of the rota­tion, Vazquez will now slot into the bot­tom half, where the Yan­kees are look­ing for him to give them 200 innings and 12 to 14 wins.

“We’re bring­ing Javy Vazquez in here to solid­i­fy the back of our rota­tion,” Cash­man said. “We’re not say­ing he’s going to come in here and win 20 games here and lead us.”

Cabr­era had been the Yan­kees’ start­ing cen­ter field­er for most of the last three sea­sons. He hit .274 with 13 homers and 68RBI last sea­son and became a fan favorite with his knack for late-game hero­ics, as he had three “walk-off” hits.