Nationals rumors: Washington continues to ‘monitor’ Javier Vazquez

The Washington Nationals are among that teams that are keeping tabs on free agent right-hander Javier Vazquez, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.

Cafardo notes that Washington’s interest in Vazquez may be “piqued” by Gio Gonzalez’s link to alleged PED clinic Biogenesis. MLB has yet to make its ruling, but one possible outcome would be Gonzalez receiving a 50-game ban for his connection.

While the Nationals have faith in young left-hander Ross Detwiler, Vazquez would provide the team added depth. The right-hander is still recovering from minor knee surgery and first wants to pitch in the World Baseball Classic before deciding whether or not to return to MLB.

Vazquez decided to sit out the entire 2012 season after posting an impressive 3.69 ERA with a 3.24 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 32 starts spanning 192 2/3 innings for the Miami Marlins in 2011. The 36-year-old owns a career ERA of 4.22 with a 3.32 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

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