Javier Vazquez last pitched in the majors in 2011 for the Miami Marlins. However, if the right team came calling, he could be persuaded to pitch once again.
Winning the World Series, quite simply, is the only thing (I’m interested in). It’s a team award, since I’m not interested in individual awards. In truth, what I’m missing is a World Series victory...If I decide (to play), it doesn’t matter for what team, as long as they have a good possibility to get to the championship. I’m not going to sign with a team knowing that I’m going to lose," said Vazquez (translation courtesy of Nick Collias).
If the Marlins were interested in bringing Vazquez, they would likely be rebuffed. It's clear Vazquez wants to retire as a winner if he indeed does come back.
Vazquez plans on pitching for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic in March and has been throwing for Puerto Rico's Ponce Lions this winter as well.
Teams who are looking to contend in 2013 have likely taken notice of Vazquez's comments.
Here are five of those teams who just might have interest in bringing Vazquez aboard.