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Nationals “have expressed interest” in Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada

Nov 8, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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Yu Darvish is naturally getting all the attention when it comes to Japanese pitchers possibly coming to America, but Bill Ladson of reports that the Nationals “have expressed interest in” Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, who went 16-5 with a 1.51 ERA this season.

Anyone who puts up numbers like that is worth taking a look at, but in this case Ladson writes that Wada “is often compared to Jamie Moyer” and Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker describes his fastball as topping out in the high-80s along with good off-speed stuff.

That lack of velocity makes it tough to get too excited about the 30-year-old southpaw’s excellent numbers in Japan, but Wada is still an intriguing option because, unlike Darvish, he’s eligible for free agency and won’t require a bidding war for his negotiating rights.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Nov 8, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Nats may be better off pursuing Wada than taking a risk on Oswalt…

  2. halladaysbiceps - Nov 8, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Besides Oswalt, Nationals are searching for another pitcher. Wada”ya” know?

    • natstowngreg - Nov 9, 2011 at 1:14 AM

      Pun duly noted. Well done.

      It’s about depth. Or, as Earl Weaver called it, deep depth. Deep depth gives you options, like trading Lannan or Detwiler. It’s nice to have options for a change.

  3. SmackSaw - Nov 8, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Here they are again. The Nationals are going to be major players.

  4. missthemexpos - Nov 8, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Agents must just love the Nationals, sign my player for big money really soon, or he could be in a Washington uniform next season.

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