Just in time for Christmas, Billy Beane found a team that would meet his price for left-hander Gio Gonzalez.
ESPN.com's Keith Law reported via Twitter that the Washington Nationals have acquired Gonzalez from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for four top prospects.
On their way to a future in green and gold are pitchers A.J. Cole, Brad Peacock and Tom Milone, along with catcher Derek Norris. Cole, Peacock and Norris were among the Nationals' top 10 prospects as rated by Baseball America. And Minor League Ball's John Sickels had Milone in his Nats top 10, as well.
By any measure, Beane got the haul of young, cost-controlled talent he was looking to get for Gonzalez.
For Nats fans, GM Mike Rizzo finally has a big offseason move he can point to. (No offense to Mike Cameron and, soon, Mark DeRosa.) The Nats are still among the rumored suitors for Prince Fielder, and several analysts think they're the most likely team to back up the big money truck for him. But the line to talk to him i...