The Washington Nationals are showing “heavy interest” in semi-retired pitcher Javier Vazquez, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Vazquez last pitched in the Majors in 2011 with the Marlins where he went 3-11 with a 3.69 ERA and 153 strikeouts in 192.2 innings pitched. He walked away from baseball to spend more time with his family. “This could be it for me. The hunger is still there. But I think God puts my priorities in order. Baseball is probably third right now.”
Recently, Vazquez began training and preparing to pitch in the World Baseball Classic in March. Part of his preparation has included a stint in winter ball in Puerto Rico where he has drawn significant praise thanks to his 92-95 MPH fastball.
The Nationals would be a perfect fit for Vazquez who prefers the East Coast as he would be closer to his family. In addition, he would join the team as the fifth stater who puts alot less pressure on him to carry the team.
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