Veteran right-handed starting pitcher Javier Vazquez has indicated he has some interest in pitching again in 2013 after sitting out, semi-retired, during 2012. The Washington Nationals reportedly have interest, but only on a minor-league deal. The Boston Red Sox also may have some interest. Vasquez wants to play for a contender, and in the past has indicated he prefers to pitch near the East Coast, so that the Puerto Rico native would be closer to home. Vazquez will throw for teams Friday in Puerto Rico.
If he would be willing to come to Milwaukee (which, admittedly, is in the north-central United States) and if the contract and salary hurdles could be cleared (no chance in hell?), I think he would be an excellent addition to the Brewers pitching staff for a number of reasons. Let me preface this by saying I do not believe, really in any way, that Vazquez will end up with the Brewers. I merely think he’d be a good fit.
- Vazquez has been around the block and knows how to pitch. The 36-year-old is said to be in great shape, and while you never can tell with clichéd reports, I would lean toward thinking Vazquez could return rather easily to MLB if he wanted. I think he could’ve played last year and could return in ’13 and be effective.
- For the younger pitchers on the Brewers’ roster (including Gallardo and Estrada), Vazquez would be a solid mentor and role model because he’s had a good career and knows what he’s doing.
- While Vazquez doesn’t have much playoff experience (15 IP covering three series, from the years 2004 and 2008), he would help the Brewers get through the regular season more smoothly towards their goal of a playoff berth. Right now, Vazquez is likely a #2 on the Brewers’ staff.
- If the pitching-rich Nationals indeed are only willing to give him a minor-league deal, perhaps Vazquez would fall into Milwaukee’s budget range on a major-league deal with incentives. There are likely additional teams on the hunt for Vazquez, though.
Again, I don’t honestly think the Brewers have any shot at Javier Vazquez. He’s a pitcher I’ve always been impressed with and I’ve wanted to see him play for the Crew for a while. The Nationals, obviously, are better suited to satisfy Vazquez with their geographic location and the fact that they are likely repeat NL East-division winners. I guess Vazquez is another pipe dream for this Brewers fan.