Thursday, February 21, 2013
By Doug Mittler
The Washington Nationals were among the teams who monitored veteran Javier Vazquez, who last pitched in the majors in 2011 with the Marlins, Nick Cafardo reported in the Boston Globe a few weeks back.
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo told ESPN Insider's Jim Bowden last month on SiriusXM Radio that the club does not have interest in Kyle Lohse at this time. Whether or not that also goes for Vazquez remains to be seen. The club did sign right-hander Chris Young to a minor league deal Thursday, which may or may not impact their interest in other arms. Lohse has draft-pick compensation tied to his free agency. Vazquez does not. And Vazquez is likely to come cheaper in terms of contract terms.
Vazquez underwent a minor knee surgery late in January but is expected to pitch in the WBC and then make a decision on whether or not he'll return to Major League Baseball, and if so, with which club.
Like with Lohse, Vazquez's options could change in March if a contender suffers injury loss to their starting five.