Gonzalez's deal with Nats has team, player options

Associated Press  |  Last updated January 16, 2012
Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez's new $42 million, five-year contract includes both a club option and a vesting player option that could make it worth $65.5 million over seven seasons. The deal, announced by Washington on Sunday, includes a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $3.25 million in 2012, $6.25 million in 2013, $8.5 million in 2014, $11 million in 2015 and $12 million in 2006. Washington holds a $12 million option for 2017 with a $500,000 buyout. If that option is exercised, Gonzalez gets a $12 million option for 2018 that becomes guaranteed if he has 180 innings in 2017. Acquired from Oakland last month, the 26-year-old left-hander went 16-12 with a 3.12 ERA last season and was a first-time All-Star. He made $420,000 last season.
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