Asked if he sought documentation at the time of the signing, Rijo said, "[Heck] no. That's not my job. That's why the major league has an investigation. Before we sign [a player] he has to go through them... You see a document, but you're going to see a, you know, a real or fake one either way. But that doesn't matter. It has to go through Major League Baseball before you can get the player signed. They do their investigation; they do everything."Who's money was being spent? MLB's or the Nationals'? Who's responsible for ensuring that this money is well spent? The league or the team?
The correct answer would be, "Obviously I didn't do enough checking. I take responsibility. I apologize to the Lerners and to Nationals fans for wasting their time, money, and undermining their trust."
He needs ARod's crisis management team.