Newsday’s Ken Davidoff and John Heyman are reporting that right-handed pitcher Javier Vazquez (above) will become a member of the Chicago White Sox.

In return for Vazquez and money, the White Sox are sending former Yankee Orlando Hernandez, righthanded reliever Luis Vizcaino and outfield prospect Chris Young. The deal is contingent on the players passing physicals. With this move, the World Series champs have upgraded their rotation for next season.

With Vazquez off the board, the Mets will continue to try for Oakland’s Barry Zito, no easy task, while looking to trade Kris Benson. The Mets are ahead of the Yankees in the pursuit of free-agent reliever Julian Tavarez, and they also have expressed interest in former Yankee Jeff Nelson.