The Nationals are pushing hard for Gio Gonzalez, the most popular trade target among starting pitchers. The Red Sox, Nationals, Tigers, Blue Jays, Marlins and Yankees also are believed to be in the mix to varying degrees, while several more ave checked in.
The Nationals are believed willing to include multiple top prospects, basically almost anybody short of Stephen Strasburg or Bryce Harper. That could mean Brad Peacock, Derek Norris, Destin Hood, Eury Perez and A.J. Cole. Peacock and Norris are probably their third- and fourth-best prospects. Hood and Perez are outfielders, Oakland's biggest need.
It's possible Washington could be enticed to include young shortstop Ian Desmond, although that is uncertain.
Washington has been determined to land a left-hander. It missed out on Mark Buehrle earlier.