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The Nats to sign Eddie Guardado

Dec 22, 2009, 8:07 PM EDT

Jon Paul Morosi of FOX reports that the Nats are near a deal with Everyday Eddie Guardado.  Guardado went 1-2 with a 4.46 ERA in 48 relief outings for the Rangers this year.  He had talked about retiring at the end of last season, but he has a left arm, however, which means he’ll probably be able to pitch until they pry the ball from his cold dead fingers.

So if Jason Marquis is going to be the father figure for the rotation, does that make Eddie Guardado the Yoda of the Nats’ pen?

  1. Andrew Kwon - Dec 22, 2009 at 8:12 PM

    Every team needs a LOOGY even the Nats.

  2. Wells - Dec 22, 2009 at 8:13 PM

    It’s the Washington Old Timers.
    I bet David Wells could still throw a few innings, drink a few beers. What’s Al Leiter doing?

  3. Pimpin Pete - Dec 22, 2009 at 8:35 PM

    Gotta be honest, I thought he retired like 3 years ago

  4. markfd - Dec 22, 2009 at 10:08 PM

    WOW, Nats went from a young pitching staff to a bullpen full of veterans!

  5. peteinfla - Dec 23, 2009 at 12:40 AM

    I realize that the Nats wanted to add a veteran presence to their young club, but how many guys? Seems like they and the Mets have cornered the market for guys aproaching AARP qualification this off season. The Nats have recently added Pudge(38), J.Burke(38), and now apperently Guardado(38), while the Mets have resigned Dessens(38), Cora(34), Blanco(38) and Coste(36). I guess geritol is not on the restricted substances list!

  6. Eat a Peach - Dec 23, 2009 at 7:31 AM

    I love it. The Mets and Nats are fighting tooth and nail to add these guys. In these troubling economic times, it pays to sign guys who will qualify for Senior Citizen Discounts while eating on the road.

  7. dcfan - Dec 23, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    I think this is a decent signing. You got an entire team and farm system full of young guys in Washington. Now you got Marquis working with the started, Guardado working with the relievers, and Pudge helping them all. And even with a mid 4 ERA last year, thats a VAST improvement from what we had last year. I like the fact that there are so many articles on the Nats and them making moves. A sign of good things to come i hope.

  8. D-Luxxx - Dec 23, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    Did he ever get his shoulder fixed? I know he had a torn labrum a while back that he was pitching through.

  9. RoyceTheBaseballHack - Dec 23, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    I’ve been watching Eddie throw for The Rangers here for the last few seasons, and he’s done great. Not only that, but the fans here absolutely loved the guy- the stadium always went nuts when he came trotting out of the bullpen. If he feels like he has some juice, more power to him. I guess we’ll find out soon enough how much he has left.

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