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Nationals interested in Scott Downs

Dec 5, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT

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Washington has been linked to basically every left-handed free agent reliever and now Bill Ladson of reports that the Nationals have “expressed interest” in Scott Downs.

Downs was traded from the Angels to the Braves in July and then left off Atlanta’s playoff roster, but he pitched well overall with a 2.49 ERA and 37/19 K/BB ratio in 43 innings. He’s posted a sub-3.50 ERA in seven consecutive seasons, with a combined 2.33 ERA during that time, although at age 37 the Nationals would probably be scared away from a multi-year commitment.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 5, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    He is left handed and has a pulse! Sign him!

  2. karlkolchak - Dec 5, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    And so might one of the few remaining active former Expos return to the fold.

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 5, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      Who will The Last Expo be?

      • natstowngreg - Dec 5, 2013 at 3:52 PM

        Could well be Ian Desmond. He came to Washington with the franchise. Though he was in the minors at the time. Depends on whether you want to count everyone in the Expos’ organization, or just the guys on the MLB roster.

        Desmond was a 3rd-round pick in the Expos’ last draft (2004). That season, he played for the GCL Expos (Gulf Coast League) and Vermont (New York-Penn League). He debuted in Washington in 2009.

      • karlkolchak - Dec 5, 2013 at 9:09 PM

        Among the guys who were already in the majors when the Expos folded, my money is on Bruce Chen, who is in his mid-30s and looks like he could have a Jamie Moyer like ability to hang on for many years yet.

        In addition to Desmond, former Expos farmhands include Brandon Phillips and Cliff Lee.

  3. natstowngreg - Dec 5, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Are you left-handed? Can you throw a baseball 60 feet, 6 inches?
    If so, you may have what it takes to enter the exciting field of Major League Baseball.

    Franchise ISO left-hander pitchers for the 2014 season, from February to October 2014.
    Salary $500,000 and up; possibility of multi-year deal.

    Contact below for interview and professional evaluation. Must have own baseball golve and spikes. We supply baseballs, pitching mound, home plate, catcher, batters, complimentary uniform.

    Mike Rizzo
    Washington Nationals Baseball Club, Inc.
    1500 South Capitol Street
    Washington, D.C.

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