Philadelphia Phillies: Why Not Take A Chance On Javier Vazquez?

By David A. Cattai
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When there is a chance to bring in a pitcher who has shown glimpses of greatness, one would think to take the chance. Right? For the Philadelphia Phillies and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., taking that chance could work wonders for their 2013 roster.

Javier Vazquez, a former All-Star pitcher, is trying to make a comeback at the age of 36. Would the Phillies be willing to offer him an invitation to Spring Training? Other teams have been reported to be scouting Vazquez as well, such as the Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals.

Vazquez would make sense for other teams such as the Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals, and even the Baltimore Orioles. With the desperate need for good pitching throughout the majors, why wouldn’t a team take a chance on a pitcher, who has won 165 games throughout his career, by offering him a low-risk contract?

The Phillies are in need for another bullpen to anchor the bullpen, especially if last season’s inconsistency continues. The dollar amount would likely stray Amaro away from constructing a contract, but Vazquez could be a very good signing for a team in desperate need of a right-handed pitcher.

The 36-year old righty left the game in 2011 after posting a 13-11 record with a 3.69 ERA in 32 starts. Vazquez’s 2011 second half should have been a sign of good things to come instead of leaving the game. He finished the second half of 2011 with a 8-3 record and a 2.15 ERA, while recording 96 strikeouts along the way.

Though the likelihood of Amaro signing Vazquez to a deal is slim to none, the Phillies should at least pay their due diligence and scout him. He could possibly be a signing if there is an injury or two to the pitching staff. Whatever team signs Vazquez may be getting a good pitcher who is ready to prove a point in 2013.

David A. Cattai is a featured journalist with Rant Sports & Buzz On Broad.

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