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Nationals showing “heavy interest” in Javier Vazquez

Jan 12, 2013, 8:57 PM EDT

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The Nationals have a loaded starting rotation in Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Dan Haren and Ross Detwiler.

But they’re thinking about adding some depth.

According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the Washington front office is beginning to show “heavy interest” in free agent right-hander Javier Vazquez, who is said to be considering a return to the major leagues after sitting out for the entire 2012 season.

Nightengale says the scouts who have watched Vazquez pitch in the Puerto Rican Winter League are “raving” about him. The 36-year-old is reportedly hitting 95 mph with his fastball with some regularity.

Vazquez posted a strong 3.69 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 162/50 K/BB ratio across 192 2/3 innings (32 starts) in 2011 for the Marlins. He’s expected to wait until after the World Baseball Classic to sign with a team.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    “Heavy interest”? Obviously, he is not in the BSOHL.

  2. randygnyc - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Oh come on. 95 mph? Either the gun is juiced or he is.

    • pisano - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      randy….. amen to that, Javy hasn’t seen 95 mph in a long time, if ever.

  3. Walk - Jan 12, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    He could hit 91-93ish if i remember right before the braves traded him to the yankees. What really impressed me though was that he could throw multiple types of fastball and would change velocity by a few miles an hour or change his grip and throw another type of fastball. I really think he would be a good pick up, especially as insurance for strasburg or just depth in general if the injury bugs hits. If nothing else he can always be traded later if he pitches well.

  4. shanabartels - Jan 12, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    95mph? Is that a typo?!

  5. mungman69 - Jan 12, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    95 mph? I dunno.

  6. jdvalk - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    How about solidifying middle relief, not to mention the closer who couldn’t get his pitch in one of the biggest meltdowns in playoff history?

    • Old Gator - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      The meltdown was a team effort, but Drew Storen is the guy who spent the orfseason gnawing on the memories. I was just thinking that Mariano Rivera blows a deciding series game to the Diamondbacks and pretty much gets a pass on it while Storen, Mitch Williams and other closers who couldn’t finish a job in the spotlight grow horns for the rest of their careers. Ah well.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jan 13, 2013 at 2:14 PM

        To be fair, Mariano had already enjoyed a LOT of success previous to the Arizona meltdown. Many others… not so much.

  7. mdev1987 - Jan 13, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Hey old gator! Get your head out your ass! Rivera won 4 damn rings before 01′. Williams and storen won jack shit. 4 rings will give anyone a pass

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