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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 8:18 pm
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

Mike D,
I just don't understand the Tigers,they seem to just not want to part with prospects or money to get players to make their team 
any better.
It isn't they aren't willing to deal prospects -- they don't so repeatedly, most recently with the deal that brought Miguel Cabrera to the Tigers and then this past year bringing in Doug Fister.

Detroit put together what i thought was a heck of an offer for Gonzalez -- last package I heard was Boesch, Justin Turner and Drew Smyly.  That would is Detroit's top two pitching prospects (with turner -- he is a top 10 prospect in all of the minor leagues), as well as Boesch who would have given Oakland a corner OF with a big bat, which is exactly what they need.

The only prospect in the entire Detroit organization that is off limit is Nick Costellanos.  As a 19 year old in one of the toughest hitting leagues in the Minors -- Costellanos hit .313 and had 36 doubles.  As he adds muscle, he is projected to be an Evan Longoria type of player.  Only reason he is off limit is 3B is a position lacking in our organization and it is one of the toughest to fill in all the major leagues and Detroit gave up their other top 3B prospect when they traded for Fister this past year.



Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 7:54 pm
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

Since Gio Gonzalez is in rotation I will go after Henry Rodriquez in the draft with his strong power arm and 100 fastball the new coach wants to pitch him more could be looking at over 350 points and save Clippards arm a bit I like having a closer and true 7-8 innings pitchers too



Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 7:43 pm
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

to Hockydad 55      I started Miguel Cabrera when he was 19 years old still have him, along with David Wright and the youg Paul Goldschmidt solid 1st 3rd CI  2nd is Ben Zobrist middle infielder is Michael Cuddyer Oakland has just done this year what florida has done in the past Just that when the contracts came around florida didn't keep them dumped them for more minor leagers you can build a good team by doing this but at some point you have to keep players like Cabrera I still have Josh Johnson too. Jeremy Helickson and Jordon Zimmermann as well I have a very nice young pitching staff  



Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 7:37 pm
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

The kicker on that deal, though, is that Halladay was a rent-a-player.  No guarantee the Tigers could resign him.  They couldn't risk trading two of their top prospects for nothing (if Halladay walked).  In the Nats case, they have Gio until 2016.  BIG difference.
I agree it was possible it was for a rent-a-player, but I just like to think they could have got a deal done with Halladay.  Imagine a 1-2 of Verlander and Halladay.  

A 1-2 of JV and Roy would have been awesome!  Just wish Roy would have been willing to negotiate an extension before agreeing to the trade from the Jays.  He was smart; he refused to do it.




Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 7:34 pm
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

Evaluation of minor league talent, and how they project to the majors, is a tricky thing.  None of these guys that the A's got is an elite prospect, and their minor league numbers exhibit significant concerns regarding their chance of success in the minors.  There are significant warning signs with all four of them.  MikeD's breakdown of each is right on the money.  A dice roll at best for Billy Beane.  And still didn't take care of their biggest need, which is a bonafide OF bat.  If I had been Billy Beane, I would have passed on this deal and continued fielding offers.  I'd rather have Gio, the proven commodity who is under contract through 2016, than roll the dice with the package they got from the Nats.



Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 7:25 pm
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

Mike D,
I just don't understand the Tigers,they seem to just not want to part with prospects or money to get players to make their team
any better.

The Tigers traded Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller, at the time probably their top 2 prospects, plus some throw-ins to acquire Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis, who were subsequently extended for big money.  There is an example of Dombrowski trading prospects and spending money.  Sure Willis was a bust.  But Cabrera sure isn't.



Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 7:23 pm
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

I got a 33 on my last post i'm not mad but i thought it was pretty dam good . Gio will pith well in Washington but spending way more money when they had the potential on their team already was a wash mabe not at first but long tern it will be i'll tak another 33 thank you



Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 7:11 pm
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

So Oakland dumpes 2 starters and picks up 2 starters for way less money and more potential good move oakland.Peacock and Parker will pitch well in Oakland. Washington I thought would make more moves than this to contend this year, the move they just made was a wash so you can't even count this one .This is working out for me since I have Parker, Peacock, and Matt Moore in my minors Washington has 3 late inning pitchers in Henry Rodriquez Tyler Cippard and Drew Storen I droped Henry to bring Matt Mooore out of the minors Henry will be the David Robertson of 1011 in 1012 David got me 334 points this past year along with John Axfords 401 I wanted to keep Henry thinking Washington was going to make more moves than this to contend in 1012 I think Oakland made out in both trades for young pitchers and save the owner big bucks and still get the qulity pitching they need to move forward.They are doing what I am looking at everones minors and going after them



Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2011 7:00 pm
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

Damn, what a steal for the A's.  Nice haul.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:55 pm
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