The Nationals are not worried about a theoretical disruption to their staff. They have no concern Gio Gonzalez will be disciplined when MLB issues suspensions to players with ties to the Biogenesis case. The New York Post reported discipline could be meted out this week. Gonzalez is “not in that group,” one Nationals official said.
Gonzalez’s name appeared in notebooks at the Biogenesis office, according to the original Miami New Times report in January. ESPN subsequently reported Gonzalez had not been sold performance-enhancing drugs. All year, the Nationals have remained confident Gonzalez would be cleared, and with a resolution apparently near, that has not changed.
And so, the Nationals will remain vigilant and busy between now and 4 p.m. Wednesday. The diligence, though, will likely lead only to a quiet deadline.
“We’ve got a lot of trade discussions,” Rizzo said. “We’ve received calls, we’ve made calls. I’m not going to go much more into it than that, other than we’re going to do what we do at every trade deadline. We’re going to try to improve this ballclub for 2013 and beyond.”