NEW YORK -- Yankees right-hander Javier Vazquez would be interested in playing on an East Coast team next season, including the Nationals, according to a baseball source close to the hurler.
Vazquez is expected to become a free agent after the World Series is over.
Vazquez has made it known over the years that he doesn't want to play for a West Coast team because he doesn't want to be far away from in family, which lives in Puerto Rico.
Vazquez had one of the worst years of his baseball career in 2010, going to 10-10 with a 5.32 ERA in 31 games [26 starts] for New York. He has been off the postseason roster the last two rounds.
The Nationals are in need of starting pitching and Vazquez could be a good fit if he came at a reasonable price. He made $11.5 million this season.
At his best, Vazquez is a strikeout pitcher who could win his share of games. In 2009, for example, Vazquez went 15-10 with a 2.87 ERA and 238 strikeouts for the Braves.
Vazquez also has a history with the Nationals franchise. He played for the Expos from 1998 to 2003. After the '03 season, the Expos traded Vazquez to the Yankees for first baseman Nick Johnson, outfielder Juan Rivera and pitcher Randy Choate.
Besides the Yankees, Expos and Braves, Vazquez also played for the D-backs and White Sox.
During his 13-year career, Vazquez is 152-149 with a 4.26 ERA and 2,374 strikeouts.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also can be found on twitter -- @washingnats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.