July 22nd, 2007

Nats eyeing Jurrjens

The Washington Nationals had scouts watching Double-A Erie on the road Saturday night at Bowie, where Jair Jurrjens was starting for the SeaWolves. The Nats have a pair of relievers on the market who could be of interest to the Tigers depending on the price in closer Chad Cordero and big right-hander Jon Rauch. According to our MLB.com Nats reporter, GM Jim Bowden is again sticking to his prices on his most tradeable commodities. From Bill Ladson:

There have been reports linking Cordero and Rauch to the Mets, but, according to another baseball source, the chances of those players going to New York are slim. The source said that general manager Jim Bowden is asking too much for those players. The source said that Bowden is asking for outfielder Lastings Milledge and pitcher Mike Pelfrey.

Unlike with Alfonso Soriano, Bowden might actually have a chance to get something for his trade bait this time. If the Rangers end up holding onto Eric Gagne and Akinori Otsuka and trade one or more of their lefty relievers instead, the ripple effect would likely make guys like Cordero and Kansas City’s Octavio Dotel more valuable.

About that Tuesday starter

Virgil Vasquez was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday for Toledo. No injury or other reason was given for the move, but it certainly appears he might’ve been held back to start Tuesday for the Tigers. It would be a couple extra days rest instead of on turn like Tata, but Vasquez has thrown better of late, including a complete-game, five-hit shutout in his most recent outing last Tuesday.