The Washington Times - December 12, 2011, 03:26PM

Around the Nationals, the name Jose Rijo is most often met with a shake of the head and a sigh. Little else can be said about the former Latin American director who was fired by the Nationals in 2009, three days before the resignation of then-GM Jim Bowden and shortly after the revelation that shortstop Esmailyn ‘Smiley’ Gonzalez was four years older than Washington thought he was when they gave him $1.4 million in 2006. 

German Miranda, the head of the Dominican Justice Ministry’s Anti-laundering Unit, announced Monday that Rijo, the MVP of the 1990 World Series for the Cincinnati Reds, is officially a fugitive. Rijo will be arrested sometime before Dec. 24, Miranda said, on a charge of contempt of court. Rijo has failed to appear twice for questioning in the investigation of his business dealings with another fugitive, Matias Avelino Castro, who is wanted for the murder of a journalist. 


Rijo hasn’t been associated with the Nationals since 2009 as the team has spent that time trying to rebuild their Dominican operation into something respectful. In the meantime, Gonzalez, whose real name is Carlos Alvarez played as a 26-year-old who spent the 2011 season playing in the Gulf Coast Rookie League and short-season Single-A Auburn against competition who could be anywhere from five to eight years younger than him. He hit .321.