How Serious Are Washington Nationals About Signing Eric O'Flaherty?

By Michael Terrill
How Serious Are Washington Nationals About Signing Eric O'Flaherty
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The Washington Nationals have shown some interest in relief pitcher Eric O’Flaherty on the first day of the 2013 Winter Meetings. However, the Nationals also don’t intend on making a decision regarding O’Flaherty anytime soon.

The left-handed pitcher posted a 2.50 earned run average, 11 strikeouts and 12 holds in 19 appearances prior to undergoing Tommy John surgery. O’Flaherty missed the rest of the 2013 season because of it. However, the fact that he has shown the ability to pitch at a very high-level over the past several seasons is enough for the Nationals to consider him an addition to their bullpen.

The good news is O’Flaherty would be thrilled to be on the same roster as several other young talented pitchers.

“The Nationals have a great group of guys. They have a lot of young talent. They had a rougher season than expected [in 2013],” O’Flaherty said, according to the team’s website. “They have so much good, young talent on their team, and that is a team we have gone to war with when I was with the Braves. In 2010, 2011, you could tell they were starting to do something special. … You feel like they are going to be competitive for a long time.”

As much as he would like to help Washington get back on top in the division, the reality is if another offer comes up with another team, there’s a good chance he will take it.

“I’m open to going anywhere,” O’Flaherty said, according to the team’s website. “Me and my agent are just feeling it out. If it comes along, great. If it doesn’t, we’ll wait. We really don’t have a deadline. We are just going to feel out the market and see what comes up.”

O’Flaherty has a career 20-9 record with a 2.85 ERA and 103 holds in 319 1/3 innings.

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