Free-agent pitcher Doug Davis said Sunday night he would like to play for the Nationals and help their young pitching staff, but he doesn't think he will play in Washington. Why? He was informed that the team had to address other needs such as finding a second baseman.
Davis, 34, played with the D-backs this past season and went 9-14 with a 4.14 ERA. Local reporters were told at the Winter Meetings that the Nationals had interest in Davis.
"I'm [willing] to go anywhere and hopefully be a difference maker for a team that needs to make a turnaround and be successful," Davis said. "On my part -- of course -- [there's interest]. For them, because of the signing of Jason Marquis, it kind of put them in a bind [to spend] money for starting pitching. They had to address other problems.
"Possibly, when they find a second baseman, they can come back around to their starting pitching. Of course, I'm up to talking with anybody right now. Things are kind of going slow for me because I'm fifth or sixth down the line [when it comes to] starting pitching."
Davis, a left-hander, has experience helping young players and that occurred in 2007. He helped the D-backs win the National League West crown by going 13-12 with a 4.25 ERA. Davis believes he can teach the young Nationals pitchers how to scout opposing teams.
"I can help the young guys in a special way -- how to scout the teams and show how to pitch to these guys and be successful against them," Davis said. "You also want to lead by what you do on the field, not just being successful on the field, but the way you go about your business -- make sure you start every fifth day. Your team depends on you every fifth day."
General manager Mike Rizzo was not available to comment on Davis or any another player, but the Nationals still have interest in second baseman Orlando Hudson. However, Hudson is asking for too much money, according to a baseball source. Hudson also was not available for comment.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.