Several reports are indicating that Washington Nationals starting pitcher Livan Hernandez has been named in a Federal Probe for laundering money for convicted drug trafficker Angel Ayala Vázquez, aka "El Buster." The original source was a Spanish website and no official word has been handed down from MLB or the Nationals.
The reports state that Hernandez's name was attached to a warehouse and a collection of exotic cars like Lamborghinis, Aston Martins and Porsches that were once in Vázquez's possession. Hernandez could be facing money laundering and bank fraud charges. Here is an English translation of Spanish article:
DEA Special Agent Pedro Janer added that "we are in constant communication with and are receiving the cooperation of Major League Baseball, which has a great relationship with federal agencies. We are going to explore all the possible angles so that no person involved with this organization evades justice".
When asked by the press if Liván Hernández could face criminal charges, U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez replied that "time will tell. The answer is yes, that is correct."
Not a whole lot of details have come out yet, including from Hernandez himself. Hernandez, considered to be the ace of the Nationals rotation is set to pitch Thursday against the New York Mets at Nationals Park.