Found December 22, 2011 on MSNBC:
HBT: Oakland gets prospects A.J. Cole, Brad Peacock, Derek Norris, and Tom Milone — a huge haul for pitcher like Gonzalez.

Outside Scouting Dept.: Derek Norris

Among the players the A's acquired in today's Gio Gonzalez trade was Derek Norris, a power hitting catcher with an incredible ability to get on base. I got several good looks at Norris in this year's Arizona Fall League. Here are my notes and analysis of the big catcher... There is no question that Norris has two outstanding (and important) skills: power and plate discipline...

Nationals trade for Gio Gonzalez

The Nationals took a major step toward contention on Thursday, acquiring left-hander Gio Gonzalez from the Athletics for four prospects, according to major-league sources. In return for Gonzalez, the Nationals will receive catcher Derek Norris and three highly regarded pitchers - right-handers A.J. Cole and Brad Peacock plus lefty Tom Milone. The addition of Gonzalez gives the...

Nats Trade Four Prospects For A Lefty Now Known As Nat Gio

Goodbye, A.J. Cole, Derek Norris, Brad Peacock and Tommy Milone. Hello, Gio Gonzalez. Who were those first four guys again? Just four of the Nats’ top 10 prospects — three starting pitchers and a C/1B. All four are predicted by John Sickels, who knows stuff, to “have a good chance to enjoy successful careers.” (Gulp.) And who’s Gonzalez? He’s a 26-year-old lefty who...

Did the Nationals Lose Too Much for Gio Gonzalez?

The Washington Nationals and Oakland Athletics are finalizing a four for one deal that would send Gio Gonzalez to the Nats in exchange for right-handers Brad Peacock and AJ Cole, lefty Tom Milone and catcher Derek Norris. Having spent his entire four-year career with the A’s, Gonzalez had a breakout season in 2010 and continued his success in 2011 compiling a 31-21 W-L record...

Milone Goes To Oakland

One of the pitchers going from the Nationals to the Athletics in exchange for Gio Gonzalez is soft-tossing lefty Tom Milone.  Milone, who will be 25 in February, was a 10th round draft pick by the Nats in 2008 and has gotten by with excellent control (only 4.4% free passes throughout his MiLB career).  What might be turning some heads is that his strikeout rate, unspectacular in...

Nationals Acquire Gonzalez from Athletics, For a Small Fortune

The Washington Nationals apparently wanted a companion for young aces Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg in their rotation, and ESPN's Keith Law is reporting on Twitter that they've gotten their man: Gio Gonzalez of the Oakland Athletics. The price for Gonzalez is steep, as the Nationals have given up prospects AJ Cole, Derek Norris, Brad Peacock, and Tom Milone. On...

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Report: Nationals reach deal with 3B DeRosa

The Washington Nationals have reportedly reached an agreement on a one-year deal with veteran infielder Mark DeRosa.The deal will likely become official after DeRosa passes a physical.The 37-year-old spent the previous two seasons in a part-time role with the San Francisco Giants. He hit .279 with 12 RBIs in 86 at-bats last season.The Nationals will be DeRosa's sixth team in...

Rizzo On Gonzalez, Pitching, Center Field, Bench

The Nationals and Athletics made the Gio Gonzalez trade official today, with Derek Norris, Tom Milone, Brad Peacock, and A.J. Cole going to Oakland as expected. Washington also received Robert Gilliam in the swap. Nationals GM Mike Rizzo discussed the trade and other topics with reporters during a conference call this evening, so let's recap... The two sides started...

A's agree to trade LHP Gonzalez to Nationals

All-Star pitcher Gio Gonzalez said Thursday the Washington Nationals have agreed to acquire him in a trade from the Oakland Athletics, and the deal is nearly finished.

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As a youngster growing up in Lawrence, T.J. Yates had the second-best arm in his neighborhood. His next-door neighbor was Drew Storen, now a hard-throwing closer for the Washington Nationals.
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