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Nationals expected to make offer to Javier Vazquez

Nov 21, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT

Javier Vazquez

The Nationals have been linked to nearly every free agent starting pitcher this offseason.  They’re tuned into the Cliff Lee negotiations, they’ve expressed interest in Jorge De La Rosa.  And now it appears they have a beat on available right-hander Javier Vazquez.

According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, the Nats are expected to make a contract offer to Vazquez by next week.

The 34-year-old righty told reporters in late October that he is open to pitching in the nation’s capital because it’s not too far from his Puerto Rico home, and he’s not exactly going to be sifting through a pile offers after the 5.32 ERA and 1.40 WHIP that he posted over 31 appearances this year for the Yankees.  Vazquez will be lucky to land a two-year deal.  And he’ll be extremely lucky if that deal approaches $15 million.

The market is thin on quality starting pitching this winter, but Vazquez showed a complete lack of effectiveness in New York and isn’t getting any younger.

  1. pisano - Nov 21, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    I’m sure they’ll get him ,because no other team would probably want him .

    • Old Gator - Nov 21, 2010 at 10:42 AM

      No other team that will spend the money, that is.

  2. bigleagues - Nov 21, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    Drew,

    The phrase is “have a BEAD on” not “have a BEAT on”.

    I believe it is a phrase that was originally associated with hunting. Most likely pertaining to the lining up of the center of the viewfinder (the bead) with the intended target.

    • Old Gator - Nov 21, 2010 at 10:55 AM

      Perhaps the most appropriate term would be that the Gnats have a yah-yah on him. This also connotes the aiming of a long cylindrical object and probably expresses in a more accurate if metaphorical way how a general manager feels about a player he really, really wants to sign. Hey, monsters from the Id, you know?

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