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Nationals “continue to monitor” free agent Javier Vazquez

Feb 10, 2013, 1:54 PM EST

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has the scoop:

The Nationals and others continue to monitor Vazquez, who is recovering from minor knee surgery. Washington’s interest may be piqued by revelations of Gio Gonzalez’s links to the Miami anti-aging clinic and PEDs. The Nationals believe Ross Detwiler could emerge as a successful lefty after going 10-8 with a 3.40 ERA last year in 33 games (27 starts). But Vazquez would give them depth.

Vazquez first wants pitch for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic before deciding whether to return to MLB. He sat out the entire 2012 season despite posting a strong 3.69 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 162/50 K/BB ratio across 192 2/3 innings with the Marlins in 2011.

The 36-year-old should be recovered from his recent knee procedure by the start of the 2013 WBC.

  1. dcfan4life - Feb 10, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    “Washington’s interest may be piqued by revelations of Gio Gonzalez’s links to the Miami anti-aging clinic and PEDs”

    There are no links to Gio and PEDs. His name is mentioned as a prospective client but there is absolutely zero evidence he is linked to PEDs. The Nationals interest in Vaquez was even before that story broke. Does Nick Cafardo know how to do research before he writes anything?

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Feb 10, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      “His name is mentioned as a prospective client” – yes, thats what a link is

      “but there is absolutely zero evidence he is linked to PEDs” – he didn’t say there was.

      Look, bottom line is teams need contiengency plans all the time for any number of reasons. It would be irresponsible for the Nats NOT to have a contingency plan in place. This does not mean they think he will be suspended, this does not mean that they would agree with a potential suspension. It means they are prepared in case.

      • dcfan4life - Feb 10, 2013 at 6:44 PM

        “Washington’s interest may be piqued by revelations of Gio Gonzalez’s links to the Miami anti-aging clinic and PEDs”

        You dont think that statement clearly insinuates he is a prospective PED user. I sure do. And im sure most of his readers think he is implying that as well. And its wrong.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Feb 10, 2013 at 7:43 PM

        “Imply” is in the eye of the beholder I suppose, so I am not going to try and tell you how you should interpret the article. But I think if you replace his name with Roy Halladay, and replaced PED’s with “shoulder problem”, you would see this is a very mundane article. The type you see all the time discussing a team’s thoguht process in the “what-if” scenarios they encounter. No one is suggesting Halladay is going to be injured, no one is suggesting Gonzalez is guilty.

      • dcfan4life - Feb 10, 2013 at 11:36 PM

        I see your point. Im interpreting this sentence as he is saying the Nationals are more interested in Vazquez because of the Miami raid controversy surrounding Gio. I think thats silly since there is no controversy with Gio and the Nats were interested in Vazquez before hand anyways.

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