Nats seek lefty reliever

It already has been a busy offseason for the Washington Nationals, who landed righthander Doug Fister in a deal with the Detroit Tigers and added outfield depth by signing Nate McLouth.

Next on the wish list of GM Mike Rizzo could be a deal for a lefthanded reliver. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post tweets the Nats are in talks with free agent Eric O'Flaherty, who is coming off elbow reconstruction surgery and could miss the first month and a half of the season.

But ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark tweeted Monday night that other clubs are getting the feeling the feeling O’Flaherty will go back to the Braves. If the Nats do get a lefty reliever, it will be J.P. Howell or Scott Downs.

O’Flaherty is a dominant reliever when healthy and would likely be slotted as the lefthanded setup man in front of Rafael Soriano. Adding a southpaw reliever is a high priority after the Nats sent Ian Krol to Detroit in the Fister deal.