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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 22, 2011 10:22 pm
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

oakland IMO coulda got a way better deal for gio then these no namers...didnt they A's just get parker in a trade??? dont they have a wealth of pitching prospects and catchers??? why wouldnt they trade for some hitting?? they coulda got boesch, smyly and justin turner(one of the best pitching prospects in baseball) for him gio and they took this crap????
I agree with you -- The A's do the same thing though.  They are loaded with pitching talent, then they trade away those guys once they play a year or two in Oakland and are about to get a raise and pick up more prospects.

I thought for sure Detroit and Oakland were going to get a deal done.  Oakland desperately needs a corner outfielder and Detroit dangled Boesch (who is young and cheap), as well as Justin Turner and Smyly (our top two pitching prospects), but they insisted on Costellanos and Detroit wouldn't do it.

Oh well -- Personally, I think the Nats got a great deal here.  Norris doesn't matter, as they already have Ramos, and if Norris can't hit double A pitching, he definitely isn't hitting MLB pitching.  They basically traded Milone, Peacock and Cole for Gonzalez.  I'd rather have the sure thing on my team, as Gonzalez has already proven he can pitch like an ace, as he has done the last two years.  His era will only drop by moving to the NL.

Prospects are just what they are called...........Prospects.  Until they can prove they can do at the MLB level, you never know what you have.  Gonzalez gives the Nats a left handed stud who is only 24 years old and will be anchored in their lineup for many years to come.  Even if one of the pitchers they traded turns out to be a solid pitcher -- it isn't going to change the fact they got a top of the line pitcher in Gio.

Strasburg, Gonzalez and Zimmerman -- 1,2.3 is nothing to sneeze at.  That is a high quality 1-3 starting pitchers. 



Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:18 pm
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

LOL lumpoco dont even mind GG he is a loser. such a hater and all he does is talk trash. hes just mad now that the naionals are creeping up on the braves. hey GG if fielder signs with the Nats braves will be at best a 3rd place team in the NL EAST. thats so funny. 2 years when the braves were 6 games ahead in july or august you proclaimed them champions of the NL EAST. HAHAHAHAHAHAH. braves are getting worse, not better. and they wanna trade their "best pitcher"(who alot of braves fans were sayins was cy young at the all star break). braves have no hitting and wanna trade their most versatile and team MVP from 2 years ago in prado? wanna trade their supposed best pitcher?? lol nationals will soon be better then braves and it ay be as soon as this year if fielder is signed by them
The Nationals creeping up on the Braves? AHAHAHAHAHAHA. Braves are getting worse? Shows how much you know about the team, or even baseball in general outside of Philly sports. The Braves have one of the best minor leagues in baseball, if not THE best(which would allow them to make trades to upgrade the team). Weren't you one of the guys ragging about how Jurrjens BABIP indicated how much luck he had? Apparently now he's good since he's trade bait? Make up your mind numbnuts. The Braves were 3rd in the NL in HR's and 6th (i believe) in runs scored. How's that "no hitting"? You fail at every aspect of an argument you try to make. Good luck to your Philles, maybe that joke team can make it out of the first round this time.



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:11 pm
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

You are judging Peacock's previous years based only on stats... I am basing it on his development... While his raw numbers aren't appealing, he was extremely impressive in many of his early outings and then put it all together last year... Sometimes there is more to an athlete than black and white...
claimboxx,

what in the world does "extremely impressive in many of his early outings" mean???  are you saying his first start each year he was great, then he'd fall apart??

i just read two writeups about the guy -- both said basically the same thing.  he was drafted as a high school shortstop and changed over to a pitcher.  said he was beat up pretty good in the minors until this past year where it seemed it finally clicked on how he had to pitch to get hitters out.

i'd also love to hear about these early outings where he was extremely impressive his first few years, as rookie ball and low A ball have next to no write ups anywhere, so i'd definitely be interested in where you are getting these updates.

until 2011 happened -- he wasn't even on the Nats prospect radar.  The best thing about him is -- he reminds me of Brandon Beachy of the Braves, who struggled and then something clicked and he has turned into a heck of a player. 



Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:59 pm
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

before the grammar police come out(i know thats what GG would do since he will have nothing realistic to say to my post) yes i know i made alot of mistakes in spelling in my post and i know its john lannan and not "jannan". we all know people like to be english teachers on this site LOL.........



Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:53 pm
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

LOL lumpoco dont even mind GG he is a loser. such a hater and all he does is talk trash. hes just mad now that the naionals are creeping up on the braves. hey GG if fielder signs with the Nats braves will be at best a 3rd place team in the NL EAST. thats so funny. 2 years when the braves were 6 games ahead in july or august you proclaimed them champions of the NL EAST. HAHAHAHAHAHAH. braves are getting worse, not better. and they wanna trade their "best pitcher"(who alot of braves fans were sayins was cy young at the all star break). braves have no hitting and wanna trade their most versatile and team MVP from 2 years ago in prado? wanna trade their supposed best pitcher?? lol nationals will soon be better then braves and it ay be as soon as this year if fielder is signed by them.


now onto the real topic....

oakland IMO coulda got a way better deal for gio then these no namers...didnt they A's just get parker in a trade??? dont they have a wealth of pitching prospects and catchers??? why wouldnt they trade for some hitting?? they coulda got boesch, smyly and justin turner(one of the best pitching prospects in baseball) for him gio and they took this crap???? bad bad bad move by the athletics. Athletics need outfield help and boesch woulda been that while also getting a better pitching prospect. also my phillies were willing to dangle dominic brown and probably some of their top pitching prospects who are all better then these scrubs. athletic need offense not pitching. bad move on their part and GREAT move by the nats.

i hope the nayionals dont get fielder cause they are looking better and better. just imagine if they sign prince....

rotation....
1.strasburg
2.gio gonzalez
3.jordan zimmerman
4.john jannan
5.wang

lineup...
1.desmond
2.werth
3.zimmerman
4.fielder
5.morse
6.espinosa
7.harper
8.wilson ramos

they also would have laroche on the bench to PH or maybe deal to someone like the cubs or orioles or indians who want a cheap 1st basemen to fill other needs. and would also have a backend of the bullpen in henry, clippard, storen. THATS A MUCH MUCH better team then the braves. this team is getting better and if they somehow land fielder watch out cause they will ATLEAST win a wild card spot. they might be a little to too young to dethrone my phillies next year but should easily win a wild card and on top of this division soon....



Since: May 8, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:52 pm
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

I really like this deal for the A's.  Playing in Oakland, for hopefully only a few more years, will benefit the young pitchers that they picked up in the deal.  It gives the team approximately 9 guys they can throw in the rotation and build some value in over the next two or three years, and use them to bring in some offensive talent.  Pitching is still an area of strength and in my opinion it's best to continue to stockpile what the team knows how to develop, especially with the benefit of the ballpark, for the time being.  

Now, let's hope that the San Jose rumors are true and the right pieces fall into place over the next three seasons! 



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:47 pm
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

u ask on who them prospects are
Brad Peacock was there number #2 prospect last year
A.J. Cole was there number #3 prospect and i seen him pitch with hagerstown suns last year
 was there number #5 prospect last year

so A's got 3 top 5 prospects in nats system



Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:41 pm
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

I am not a Nats fan at all... I am a baseball fan...

You are judging Peacock's previous years based only on stats... I am basing it on his development... While his raw numbers aren't appealing, he was extremely impressive in many of his early outings and then put it all together last year... Sometimes there is more to an athlete than black and white...

And for the record I think it will be a productive trade for both teams... Oakland is getting a slew of potential with four high potential prospects (which they need as Gio alone isn;t going to help them), Washington is getting an elite, proven left handed starter... 



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:17 pm
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

Terrble pitcher who was helped at home? Oh please you fool go back to the hole you crawled out from. Gonzalez actually pitched better away than at home. As for the Nat's prospects...I have NEVER heard of them before......not good...not good at all when you have never heard of a prospects name before.



Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2011 8:21 pm
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

Good trade for the A's. The Nats get a terrible control pitcher who was helped by his ballpark. Sorry Nats, still 3rd place at best.


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