WASHINGTON -- The Blue Jays have expressed interest in acquiring right-hander Jason Bergmann, whom the Nationals designated for assignment Thursday, according to two sources familiar with the situation.
Dana Brown, the special assistant to Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos, is familiar with Bergmann, as Brown was the scouting director of the Expos when he drafted Bergmann in the 11th round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft.
Neither Brown nor Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo were available for comment Sunday, but one source said if Bergmann played for the Blue Jays, he would be considered an extra pitcher who wouldn't be needed until the middle of the season. The Blue Jays are not planning to trade anyone of significance for Bergmann.
Bergmann has been inconsistent during his five years with Nationals, going 12-24 with a 5.04 ERA in 155 games. This season, Bergmann gave up four runs in 2 1/3 innings before being taken off the Nationals' 25-man roster.
Washington has seven days from the time Bergmann was designated for assignment to trade or release the right-hander. If he clears waivers, the team could assign Bergmann to the Minor Leagues. Rizzo already said he has no intentions of releasing Bergmann.