Something the Washington Nationals always try to do is add to their strengths to make their roster the best it can be. This is largely why the team went out and acquired Doug Fister though they had a few solid internal candidates to round out their rotation. There were even rumors going around that the Nationals had interest in Grant Balfour as an option for their bullpen prior to him signing with the Tampa Bay Rays. Needless to say, GM Mike Rizzo is always looking to improve the Nationals any way he can.
The Los Angeles Dodgers designated their former closer Javy Guerra for assignment Wednesday. Guerra was a key part of the Dodgers’ bullpen in 2011 and 2012, saving 29 games in 36 chances and compiling a 2.45 ERA over that time. Guerra fell off considerably in 2013, posting a 6.75 ERA, though he only pitched 10.2 innings in 2013 and allowed 15 hits. With so many big names on the Dodgers roster and with Kenley Jansen having pushed him out, a change of scenery seems to make sense. So could Washington be a player?
Guerra could make a lot of sense for the Nationals, since he would be looking for a change of scenery and could bolster the bullpen as another setup guy with closing experience. Combine Guerra with Tyler Clippard, Drew Storen and Rafael Soriano, and a deep bullpen gets even deeper. What’s more, Guerra is not yet eligible for arbitration, so he still will be very cheap, and with Clippard and Storen getting progressively more expensive, Guerra could step in as a key piece to the Nationals’ bullpen when Clippard or Storen leave through free agency.
Guerra is not someone the Nationals should break their prospect bank on, since his 2013 stats do not warrant it. However, if Washington is able to acquire him for a low-level prospect, then Guerra make a lot of sense for the Nationals.