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The Red Sox, Rays, Nationals and Royals scouted Javier Vazquez last night

Jan 5, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

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We knew that the Red Sox were planning to send a scout to watch right-hander Javier Vazquez pitch in the Puerto Rican Winter League last night, but they weren’t alone.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Rays, Nationals and Royals were also in attendance. For what it’s worth, the box score indicates that Vazquez pitched well, giving up just three hits over six shutout innings while striking out five and walking none. Rosenthal hears that he was clocked at 93 mph.

Vazquez, 36, had a 3.69 ERA and 162/50 K/BB ratio over 192 2/3 innings with the Marlins during his last stint in the majors in 2011. Given the crazy money being thrown around to starters this winter, he shouldn’t have a problem getting a guaranteed major league deal if he wants to return. Word is that he may not make a final decision until after he pitches for Puerto Rico in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, but he has a preference to pitch on the East Coast.

  1. uyf1950 - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    The teams in the AL East and West will eat him alive. He should stay in the National League where he’s had his best and most success.

    • Old Gator - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      That pretty much means the Gnats, or else his preference would clearly be the Razed, AL East or not. He wants to remain as close as possible to his home and family in Puerto Rico. Another point: folks have short memories and although he pitched most of 2011 well for the Feesh, the first quarter of the season looked a lot like his late unlamented tenure with the Borg. He found his mechanics in late May of 2011 and began pitching like the old Javy again. Might could be that he’ll pitch well in either league.

  2. djjackson81 - Jan 5, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Enters Dodgers

  3. bigharold - Jan 5, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    I double dog dare the RS to sign him!

    • pisano - Jan 5, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      harold…. I’ll go one better, I pray the Red Sox get him, he’ll make Lackey look like the Cy Young candidate.

      • theskinsman - Jan 5, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        Pisano,he’s only 36,far too young for the yanks taste. I hope that Cashman can finally sign an entire over 40 roster soon. Go Skins!

  4. gotampabay52 - Jan 5, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    come to Tampa fu bitches

  5. pisano - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    theskinsman….. it surely seems like he’s trying to do just that.

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