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Nats are scouting Texas’ Wilson

The Nationals have sent a scout to Oakland to watch Rangers left-hander C.J. Wilson pitch against the Athletics on Wednesday, according to two baseball sources.

It more than likely means that the Nationals will have interest in Wilson, who is a free agent after the World Series.

Wilson, 30, is arguably one of the best pitchers in the American League. This season, for example, Wilson is 16-7 with a 2.97 ERA and 198 strikeouts. Once a reliever, Wilson was put in the Rangers’ rotation last year and helped them win the American League pennant.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo was not available for comment, but it’s not a secret that Washington is looking to add starting pitching this offseason.

Rangers have inquired about Nats’ Coffey

The Rangers have inquired about Nationals right-hander Todd Coffey, according to a baseball source.

Texas is looking for a setup man, but the two clubs are not in serious talks at the moment.

It’s not known whether the Nationals would trade Coffey. A text to general manager Mike Rizzo was not returned. The Nationals are need of offense, which is one of the worst in the National League. They have a .229 batting average.

Coffey, 30, is part of an excellent bullpen, which features Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard. Coffey is having one of his best season of his career. Entering Friday’s action against Padres, Coffey has allowed four earned runs in 19 innings.

Guzman to sit out first half of 2011 season

Free agent infielder Cristian Guzman is planning to sit out the first half of the 2011 season because of family issues, according to his agent,  Stanley King, who would not say what those issues were.

King also said if the issues are not resolved in a timely manner, Guzman will not play at all this season. Guzman will attempt to make a comeback next year.

King insisted that two National League teams made offers to Guzman during Spring Training, but Guzman decided a couple of days ago not to play. King declined to name the two teams.

“Hopefully, Cristian will have the family issues sorted out in the next couple of months,” King said via phone.

Last season, Guzman played with the Nationals and Rangers and hit a combined .266  with two home runs and 26 RBIs. On July 31st, the Nationals traded Guzman and cash to the Rangers for pitchers Ryan Tatusko and Tanner Roark.
         
Guzman, 32, played 11 seasons in the big leagues, mostly with the Twins and Nationals. He is a .271 career hitter with 62 home runs and 467 RBIs.
 

Nationals had to trade Nick Johnson

Interim general manager Mike Rizzo didn’t have a choice but to trade Nick Johnson  because the latter did not want to negotiate an extension with the Nationals. Johnson, by the way, is looking for a two-year deal.  

If Johnson filed for free agency without being traded, there was a good possibility he could have been listed as a C-type player, which means the Nationals wouldn’t get a compensation pick if Johnson signed elsewhere.

As Rizzo found out before the Trade Deadline, there wasn’t much of a market for Johnson. Only the Giants, Marlins and Rangers had interest in Johnson.

The Rangers weren’t willing to give up anything significant for Johnson, so they were out of the picture immediately.

Johnson ranked third on the Giants’ wish list when it came to acquiring a first baseman. Ryan Garko was clearly San Francisco’s No. 1 choice.

The Marlins were the only team that showed any strong interest. The Nationals were not going to budge unless pitcher Aaron Thompson was in the deal. With 17 minutes left before the deadline, the two teams agreed to terms. The Nationals also gave the Marlins $1.5 million.                                 

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