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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 6:23 pm
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

 Peacock is one of the best pitching prospects in all of baseball and has been a mega success everywhere he's played.
No offense, but you obviously haven't followed what Peacock has done in the minors.  He had one successful year in the minors -- it was last year.  Here is the rest of his numbers:

2008 -- split between low A he went  4-7 with 3.21 era and high A where he went 0-5 with 9.09 era -- 22 starts -- 4-12 record

2009 --  split between two different class A teams again -- 27 starts -- 8-11 record -- 4.33 era

2010 -- split between Class A and Double A -- 26 starts -- 6-11 record -- 4.58 era

Please tell me again how he was a "mega success" everywhere he has played?!?!  Way I see it -- prior to 2011 -- he had a record of 18-34 with an era of around 4.50-4.60. 



Since: May 20, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:17 pm
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

LAME!!!!!! No reason to go to Oakland this season. At least they still have dollar Wed. Oh wait, they nixed that too?



Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:17 pm
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

To this day I still want to puke thinking about Roy Halladay -- Toronto wanted to trade Halladay to Detroit for Porcello and Ryan Perry.  Dombrowski nixed the deal as he didn't want to give up his top two prospects.  Porcello has been half ass for Detroit and Ryan Perry was just traded to the Nats for another throw away player. 

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.

The Nats gave good, but not great, prospects.  And to think the A's need some OF's that can actually hit the ball and didn't get such a player in this trade.  I think this trade is a steal for the Nats.



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

I agree that he give up to many walks per game, this last season he walk 4 per game. 
Actually he gave up a little less than 3 walks a game -- 32 starts -- 91 walks.

As I stated in this thread already -- anytime you can trade a proven top line starter -- especially a left handed one, you do it.  prospects are just that -- prospects.  you don't know how they will handle the jump from the minors to the big leagues.

To this day I still want to puke thinking about Roy Halladay -- Toronto wanted to trade Halladay to Detroit for Porcello and Ryan Perry.  Dombrowski nixed the deal as he didn't want to give up his top two prospects.  Porcello has been half ass for Detroit and Ryan Perry was just traded to the Nats for another throw away player. 



Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:01 pm
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

The stat line is just that-he walks to many people- but he is filthy and has the best curveball in the majors.
You must not be from the Medwest, b/c there's this little triple crown winning pitcher who is largely accredited as having the best curveball in baseball:





Regardless, that's going to be an absurd rotation.  If Strasburg continues on his limited success from 2011, and Zimmerman comes around, that's going to be a pretty solid (and inexpensive) rotation with Strasburg, Zimmerman, Gonzalez, Lannan and Wang.  I'm not really sold on Wang, but I think Lannan's a pretty solid #4.


Now if only their offense can catch up, they'll be a legitimate threat.  Ryan Zimmerman will have to stay healthy, Morse will have to duplicate his 2011, and Werth needs to perform closer to what he's being paid.


The one thing that confuses me about this trade is: Isn't Peacock pretty much ML ready?  Or at least just around the corner?  Does Gonzalez really project to be that much better?  It makes sense if they're in a "win now" scenario, but I just don't think there's enough there for that right now.  If they sign Fielder, then I'd say they're able to be competitive in the East this year (with a stagnant Atlanta, improving, but still not as talented Marlins, and a Howard-less Phillies who were already beginning to lack in offense). 



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:00 pm
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

With the Nationals and Marlins improving this offseason it just about makes it extremely difficult for the Mets to compete for any position in the standing other than last place.



Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:00 pm
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

Much like the Latos deal last weekend, the Nat's gave up a boatload to land a frontline starter. Gio is young, nasty, proven and will benefit playing for a better team while surrounded by two fantastic pitchers thus taking the onus off of him, but was it worth hthe price?  Peacock is one of the best pitching prospects in all of baseball and has been a mega success everywhere he's played. Milone is a solid, mature MLB ready pitcher, while not breathtakingly brilliant, he knows how to pitch. I think the A's will end up flipping Norris as catching is a position they actually have depth both in the major and minor league levels and he is a good chip to have, while Cole is a high upside pitcher, but at least two to three years away.

Nat's fans will be happy now, but A's fans may smile in the years to come.... 




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 5:55 pm
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

Doesn't matter who the A's get in return because in 3 or 4 years they will turn around and trade those guys too. It's a constant cycle in Oakland and has been for over a decade with nothing to show for it. This model has failed, yet they continue to use it.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 5:41 pm
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

Oakland should be charges with robbery. I am a Nats fan and they gave up WAY too much for a pitcher who walks WAY too many. And this is not Oakland Alameda Stadium. Nationals Park plays small. If Gio walks that many walks again, he is going to get hammered. Now, if they can teach him better control, this might be another story. However, Millone and Peacock will both put up great numbers in Oakland and in a couple of years, Norris will be one of the best catchers in the majors. Cole also has a lot of potential and the 3 ex Nats could be the 1-2-3 pitchers by 2013.
I agree that he give up to many walks per game, this last season he walk 4 per game.



Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 5:40 pm
 

Gio Gonzalez traded to Nats for four prospects

I just hope this doesn't end up like the Bartolo Colon trade...for the Nats sake.


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