The Washington Nationals expressed interest in free agent
right-hander Javier Vazquez earlier this offseason, and Ken Rosenthal has now reported
that general manager Mike Rizzo was in Puerto Rico last night watching the veteran
Source: #Nationals GM Mike Rizzo is in Puerto Rico tonight watching Javier Vazquez pitch.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 10, 2013
Vazquez stepped away from the game of baseball last season
following his impressive campaign with the Marlins in 2011. He maintained an
ERA and WHIP of 3.69 and 1.183 over 32 starts spanning 192 2/3 innings.
While Vazquez was out of baseball last season, he never
formally retired. Many thought this was his way of leaving the door open on a
possible comeback in the future.
Beyond the Nationals, the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red
Sox were also in attendance to watch Vazquez pitch. More than 15 teams have contacted Vazquez and expressed interest in him if he decides to make a comeback
this spring. I he does decide to return to MLB, it will be with a contender.
Vazquez is expected to make his decision following the World Baseball Classic.
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