Found December 22, 2011 on The Outside Corner:
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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 Mark's ranking of the top ten Nationals prospects, Cole and Norris were in the "outstanding" category, while Peacock was listed as "good". It's a fantastic haul for the A's, and a questionable overpay for the Nationals. Gonzalez has eclipsed 200 innings in each of the last two years, and had fantastic ERAs in each: 3.23 in 2010 and 3.12 in 2011. Gonzalez upped his strikeout rate from 7.67 in 2010 to 8.78 in 2011, but his walk rate remained relatively consistent, and high: 4.13 in 2010 and 4.05 in 2011. Gonzalez's home run rate also slightly increased, going from 0.67 to 0...
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