The Mets have reportedly shown interest in free-agent starting pitcher Javier Vazquez. However, he will undergo surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee this week – Vazquez should be 100 percent in two to three weeks (Bowden, ESPN).
Vazquez 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.
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!).
Statistics and analysis on Javier Vazquez...
Stats: Vazquez is 165-160 with a 4.22 ERA in 14 seasons with the Expos, White Sox, Yankees, Diamondbacks, Braves and Marlins. He owns a 3.99 ERA while pitching in the National League, 4.65 ERA while pitching in the American League.
Michael Baron, ContributorAs 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 considering his knee wore down after a short stint in Winter Ball, 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.