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Nats Sign Tavarez

The Nationals agreed to terms with right-hander Julian Tavarez on a non-guaranteed, minor league deal that includes an invitation to big league camp.

Tavarez, 35, has pitched for 10 teams in a 16-year career in which he has made 786 appearances. In 2008, he pitched for Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta, combininig to go 1-5 with a 5.10 ERA in 52 appearances. He had success in 36 appearances with the Braves last year, when he posted a 3.89 ERA.

Tavares, it appears, could become a contender to be the Nationals' long reliever and a spot starter. He has made 108 starts in his career.

Mike Rizzo is going to address the throongs of media here shortly. I'll let you know what he says.

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 13, 2009; 7:05 PM ET
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Veteran bullpen arm. No risk signing. I like it.

Posted by: RicketyCricket | March 13, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Julian Travarez! Boy, the Nats are really scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Posted by: bupbups | March 13, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

We sure do need arms. Where's jca for Sox background info when you need him?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 13, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

The risk is not giving the young arms a shot and figuring out what we have NOW, while we expect to lose, instead wasting innings on a old retread. I would rather see Mock or Hinckley, etc given a chance, even if they come up short. Get the young guys established while we are rebuilding so, when we expect to WIN, they are experienced.

Posted by: kfisher32 | March 13, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Rizzo does not like Bergman either....but hey what do I know?

Posted by: JayBeee | March 13, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

I believe Phil Wood said that there's nothing more demoralizing to a team than to have the bullpen blow leads on a consistent basis. I agree, therefore don't mind bringing in some of the low-risk veteran relievers (honestly I want them to look at Ohman or Beimel) instead of the young guys. If this team is to take a step forward, it needs to learn how to win and to build confidence. Having a weak bullpen like the Nats have had this spring only serves to stymie the overall development of the team.

On another note,,,Tavarez has to be 46....Barry, do some research.

Posted by: jfromPG | March 13, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

I have been hoping for the Nats to sign middle relievers, and here you go. I don't know if they saw Tavarez pitch lately, or if this is a total barrel-scraping. Actually, I take it back. Joel Hanrahan was a barrel-scraping, as was Steve Shell. Kip Wells was a barrel-scraping.

Some work out, some do not. I suppose that is true for Tavarez as well, but he is more credible than the others, on the face of it.

In other news, poor Joel Guzman really can't win. He has his Spring-Training worth of fame, in theory, but the MLB box-score always shows Cristian Guzman playing.


Posted by: kevincostello | March 13, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse


from the last post....its not that folk don't agree that Harris was not an effective hitting coach, its that you expected Milledge to publicly question his coach.

Posted by: jfromPG | March 13, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Hey, CJ Guzman has a hit!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 13, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

@+1/2 St.:
Yeah, the site clearly has a problem noting the difference between the Guzman's. For the record, it is Guzman, Joel at 3B tonight.

On the Taverez signing - IF he can prove he's still capable of handling the 7th inning, bring it on; If he can't get it done, no harm, no foul.

Posted by: BinM | March 13, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Any comments on ESPN the Magazine's aticle about the DR mess?

Posted by: tomfoc31 | March 13, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

hmm, perhaps some of the BAs on the Houston side of the box are indicative of why they are 1-11-1.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 13, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Go back to end of September Milledge interview where he goes on and on what a great guy Harris is and how much he has helped him, not hitting don't you know but just being his friend and card mate......Milledge does not have a clue what working hard is....or at least he did not last year. I will be in Space Coast for a while starting Sunday....I will let you know if I see a change from the side arm throwing, walking on and off the field, running into outs, warning track deep CFer that Acta just loves.

Posted by: JayBeee | March 13, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Barry has a new post up.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 13, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

It sounds like Olsen got bailed out by Maxwell in the 3rd - A 9-6-4-3 DP on Bourne & what sounded like a very good catch on Pence(?) to end the inning.

Posted by: BinM | March 13, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

>Looks like Rizzo does not like Bergman either

Yeah it's about time he started pitching well or get lost. If a guy looks like he has stuff that's good enough, and you've tried for four years to help him master it, there isn't much more you can do.

Posted by: Brue | March 13, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

JfromPG: I would agree with your Phil Wood theory if we were talking about Ohman or someone who is a quality reliever, but Tavarez had an ERA OVER 5 last year! Nah. He is likely to be demoralizing as well, and then we will have wasted a chance for development.

Posted by: kfisher32 | March 13, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

I was cool with this until you brought up the word STARTER! What. Really?

Posted by: rskinz34 | March 14, 2009 12:19 AM | Report abuse

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