(Javier Vazquez buries his head in a towel after another bad start. Photo by Alex Gallardo/Reuters.)
"We need a guy to head the rotation, a front-of-the-rotation guy to put everybody in what we feel is their proper place in the rotation. That's the No. 1 priority going into the offseason."
(Mike Rizzo, via Nationals Journal, 9/29/2010)
Why do we get the feeling Javier Vazquez isn't exactly what Mike Rizzo had in mind back in September when he declared that his top priority this offseason is to land a #1 starter?
And so, Javier Vazquez will probably end up signing a Marquisian 2-year deal with the Nationals in the offseason, and it will be up to the Nationals PR people to figure out how to write a press release that makes Javier Vazquez out to be exactly the pitcher Mike Rizzo had in mind back in September when he declared that his top priority this offseason was to sign a #1 starter.