Washington Nationals make a big trade, acquire Gio Gonzalez
The A's will get right-handers A.J. Cole and Brad Peacock, catcher Derek Norris and left-hander Tommy Milone in the deal.
Gonzalez was so attractive to pitching-thirsty teams because he is young, good and affordable. In 2010 he went 16-12 for an offensively-deficient team, with a 3.12 ERA and made his first All-Star Game. Gonzalez in only in his first year of being arbitration-eligible, and will likely only command about $4 million next season.
Gonzalez told the Associated Press on the phone that the is "99 percent done" and that it was just pending a physical.
For the Nationals the key to the trade is Peacock, who went 15-3 with a 2.39 ERA last season pitching in Double-A and Triple-A. Milone actually pitched five games in the big leagues last season, posting a 3.81 ERA. Cole is far from the big leagues, as he pitched in low-A last year, going 4-7 with a 4.04 ERA.
Norris struggled to hit for average at Double-A Harrisburg last year, posting just a .210 average, though he hit 20 home runs.
The A's appear to be in full-on rebuilding mode. Earlier this month they dealt another promising young starter, Trevor Cahill to the Diamondbacks for prospects.
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