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Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

Posted on: December 22, 2011 4:34 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2011 10:15 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


The Washington Nationals have landed left-handed starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez, CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman has confirmed. In return, the A's will receive a veritable killing that is usually reserved for an ace-type pitcher. Tommy Milone, Brad Peacock, Derek Norris and A.J. Cole are headed to Oakland's system in a trade that was first reported by ESPN.com. In fact, Peacock and Milone are probably going to be thrown into the A's starting rotation. UPDATE: CBSSports.com's Scott Miller reports that the Nationals will also get right-handed pitcher Robert Gilliam.

"It's 99 percent done," Gonzalez said (Associated Press). "It's pending a physical and I'm just waiting to hear from my agent."

On the Washington end, they are getting a 26-year-old lefty who isn't eligible to be a free agent until 2016. Gonzalez was 16-12 with a 3.12 ERA and 197 strikeouts in 202 innings last season for the A's. Of course, he also led the majors with 91 walks. Still, he's pretty tough to hit, holding opposing hitters to a .230 batting average and .336 slugging percentage last season.

With Gonzalez alongside Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann, the Nationals have a formidable trio to lead their rotation for several years. Further, with John Lannan and Chien-Ming Wang -- and Ross Detwiler as insurance -- the Nats have a very strong rotation top to bottom. They are coming off their best NL East finish since the move to Washington -- third place -- as they'd previously finished in last place five times and fourth place once.

Gilliam, 24, appears to be a throw-in. He was 12-7 with a 5.04 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in High-A ball last season. He did strike out 8.5 batters per nine innings, though.

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As for the A's, they are clearly rebuiling, just as we've known all winter. They already traded All-Star pitcher Trevor Cahill to the Diamondbacks and are still rumored to be close to trading closer Andrew Bailey.

This deal will go a long way toward setting up the future, and -- as I mentioned earlier -- Milone and Peacock probably step into the rotation with Brandon McCarthy and two others (Brett Anderson and Dallas Braden are still recovering from season-ending surgeries) immediately.

Milone is a 24-year-old left-hander. He was 12-6 with a 3.22 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 155 strikeouts in 148 1/3 innings in Triple-A last season. He was then promoted to the big-league club and made five starts, with decent success. He had a 3.81 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 26 innings with 15 strikeouts and four walks (and two of those were intentional).

Peacock was pretty dominant last season at three different levels. The 23-year-old right-hander started the season in Double-A, where he went 10-2 with a 2.01 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 129 strikeouts in 98 2/3 innings. He then struck out a batter per inning in Triple-A for nine starts and was moved up to the Nationals. In 12 big-league innings, Peacock only gave up seven hits and one run (0.75 ERA).

Norris, 22, is a high-on-base, power-hitting catcher. Last season, he hit just .210 but had a .367 on-base percentage with 20 home runs in Double-A. He also stole 13 bases and threw out 40 percent of would-be base-stealers.

Cole, 19, is a bit away from the bigs but has high upside according to many scouting services. The 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher went 4-7 with a 4.04 ERA for Class-A Hagerstown last year, but he also struck out 108 batters in 89 innings.

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Comments

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: December 23, 2011 11:19 am
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

Wow, that's a hefty haul for a guy who just had a career year. I doubt Gonzalez will ever come close to matching those numbers again. 
Uhhh -- if you want to know if he could match the numbers he put up in 2011, all you have to do is go and look at 2010, where he put up almost identical numbers with a better won/loss record.  LOL.

He has pitched two full seasons in 2010 and 2011 -- 31-21 with a 3.19 era is DAMN GOOD.  That is ace numbers, especially playing for a club like the A's, who are not one of the better teams.

Anyone knocking Gonzalez don't know much about baseball -- especially saying the Nats were "taken to the cleaners".  They received a top of the line left handed starter who is locked up cheap for the next 3 or 4 years.  What they gave up is prospects -- players who have proven nothing at the MLB level.

I could see if they were giving up top hitting prospects or someone like Bryce Harper, but minor league pitching is a dime a dozen in the MLB, especially right handed pitchers.  You don't come across many teams willing to part with a young left handed ace type pitcher like Gonzalez very often.




Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: December 23, 2011 11:12 am
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

This trade makes the Nationals the frontrunner to sign free agent Prince Fielder without a doubt.  If rumors are true and Prince wants to stay in the east then Washington best suits him.  With a young pitching staff of Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, and Jordan Zimmerman along with rookies upcoming such as Bryce Harper, and Michael Morse producing this is a perfect fit for Fielder specifically for the long term.  Looking at the NL east as of right now the Nationals will have the 2nd best rotation behind the Phillies of course and possibly a better lineup if they are able to sign Fielder.  Great trade for the Nationals.

I don't know if the Nats are frontrunners for Fielder -- with the contract they offered Jason Werth, they'd have to be printing money to hand out a 20+ million a year contract to Fielder as well, which is what it will take.

I bet the Nats wish they had a do over and could take back that contract they gave to Werth.  That contract is going to be eating away at their payroll for the next 5 or 6 years.



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 10:03 am
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

This trade makes the Nationals the frontrunner to sign free agent Prince Fielder without a doubt.  If rumors are true and Prince wants to stay in the east then Washington best suits him.  With a young pitching staff of Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, and Jordan Zimmerman along with rookies upcoming such as Bryce Harper, and Michael Morse producing this is a perfect fit for Fielder specifically for the long term.  Looking at the NL east as of right now the Nationals will have the 2nd best rotation behind the Phillies of course and possibly a better lineup if they are able to sign Fielder.  Great trade for the Nationals.




Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 9:24 am
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

Kid, normally I agree on the career year thing, but at 26 this is different. A lefty stud is impressive, and his other years before that were solid too. Plus I will always take a guy who has done it over a guy(s) who might.



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 9:15 am
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

"Wow, that's a hefty haul for a guy who just had a career year. I doubt Gonzalez will ever come close to matching those numbers again. "

Not sure where all the bad mouthing of Gio is coming from. He is a very good young SP, and his 2010 numbers almost are identical to 2011, he just improved his K amount by 20 so not sure how he only did this for one year, he has done it 2 years in a row now. He is also a left handed SP who always take longer to develop and gain better control, hence his highish BB rate. He will only get better from here for the next few seasons and worse case he stays right where he is numbers wise.



Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 8:45 am
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

easy ezymover, have you seen all of the top end young arms the Braves have?  If da Braves open its cheap pocket a little they could be the team to beat in all of baseball for the next decade.



Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2011 8:44 am
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

His record away from that canyon of a ballpark in Oakland is very average.
Great move by Beane. 



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 8:27 am
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

Gio Gonzalez = Oliver Perez



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2011 8:25 am
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

Wow, that's a hefty haul for a guy who just had a career year. I doubt Gonzalez will ever come close to matching those numbers again.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 8:21 am
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

Another genius move Billy Beane, trade a talented young lefty starter for "wait until 2015!"  No Gio, Cahill or Bailey...A`s get an F for 2010-2011-2012. Go be the GM of a team with a better payroll and blow it up.  How`s Ben Sheets doin Billy?  Who`s gonna start??      


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