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01/27/10 11:40 PM EST

Livan interested in returning to Nats

Righty waiting for response after sending proposal to club

Free-agent right-hander Livan Hernandez reiterated on Wednesday night that he would like to re-sign with the Nationals because he believes they have improved their roster this offseason. He pointed to the acquisition of catcher Ivan Rodriguez as the reason he wants to return.

But whether the Nationals want Hernandez back is another story. The 34-year-old said a contract proposal was sent to general manager Mike Rizzo during the Winter Meetings in December, but Rizzo never responded.

Hernandez said he did not ask for a lot of money, but he did not say how much he was seeking.

Rizzo did not respond to an e-mail asking to confirm that such a proposal was given to him.

"[My agent and I] sent a proposal," Hernandez said. "I'm waiting for Rizzo to call me back, so I don't know what's going on. I called him a couple of times, and he never called me back. I want to go back to the Washington Nationals.

"When I call people, I would like them to respond to my phone calls and talk to me. Sometimes, it's very disappointing and frustrating. ... I want to show that I can help the team win. It's better now by signing Ivan and a couple of more guys."

Hernandez is coming off a disappointing 2009 season in which he went a combined 9-12 with 5.44 ERA for the Mets and Nationals. Washington signed Hernandez as a free agent on Aug. 26, six days after the Mets released him.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.