One of these days, the Kyle Lohse rumor mill will actually surface a team that's interested in Kyle Lohse. In the meantime it's worked a little like a Whack-a-Mole machine—one team pops up, the general manager (or some other unnamed source) knocks it back down as quickly as possible, and the Lohse rumors are moved dutifully, randomly, and quickly as possible to some other hole. This weekend's contestant: The Washington Nationals, who find themselves suddenly in the market for Gio Gonzalez insurance. (Here's Federal Baseball on yet another Biogenesis connection.)

On the Lohse bandwagon: the Post and FanGraphs by way of ESPN, so far. The Nationals meet all the Kyle Lohse qualifications, post-qualifying-offer: They've already forfeited their first-rounder by signing Rafael Soriano to a $28 million contract, and they're looking to compete this year, and can therefore justify the expense of overpaying for a couple of wins' worth of rotation insurance.