Entire NL East has shown interest in Javier Vazquez

The Mets have shown interest in free-agent starting pitcher Javier Vazquez. However, he has yet to indicate whether he will pitch for an MLB team in 2013.

The Mets, Red Sox, Rays, Phillies, White Sox, Braves, Marlins, Nationals, and Royals have all reportedly scouted Vazquez this winter, during which scouts have said he is consistently reaching 92-93 mph with his fastball.


11:45 am: Vazquez says he is interested in pitching this year, he is not yet 100 percent, and he has yet to receive a contract offer (El Nuevo Dia).


Jan. 8: The Mets have scouted Vazquez during this year’s Puerto Rico winter league (McCullough, Star-Ledger).

Jan. 3: A scout who watched him said Vazquez looks good, the ball is coming out of his hand well, and he could be a good pick up (Brown, Yahoo!).

Michael Baron, Contributor

As Keith Hernandez would say, Vazquez throws the entire kitchen sink at opposing hitters. He historically has featured both a hard and heavy slider and sinker as his secondary pitches, but he also has a hard change-up and curveball in his arsenal. He is older and hasn’t pitched for a while, and so I wonder if he can sustain regular work and a long season, especially during the dog days in July and August. I also worry about how he might fare pitching in New York, considering his only season with the Yankees was very forgettable.