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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.”
And who’s Gonzalez? He’s a 26-year-old lefty who put up impressive numbers the past two years in Oakland (15-9, 3.23 ERA, 171 K in 2010; 16-12, 3.12 ERA, 197 K in ‘11). The advanced stats aren’t quite so pretty, though, as he walks more than four batters per nine innings and his FIP was 3.78 and 3.64 the past two years. Who knows what moving out of pitcher-friendly Oakland and into the pitcher-friendly NL does for him.
And who knows what to think about this deal. The Nats got themselves a known quantity, a solid No. 3 starter for a rotation without many known quantities. It took four guys who may or may not make it someday.
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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...
The Athletics will send Gio Gonzalez to the Nationals for A.J. Cole, Derek Norris, Brad Peacock and Tom Milone, ESPN.com's Keith Law reports (on Twitter).
Gonzalez is under team control through 2015 and has reached the 200-inning plateau in each of the past two seasons without posting an ERA above 3.23. He'll join Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann atop an impressive...
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.
WASHINGTON. (AP) - The Athletics and Nationals have completed a six-player trade that sends All-Star pitcher Gio Gonzalez from Oakland to Washington.The deal was announced Friday after the players involved passed physicals. A day earlier, Gonzalez said in a phone interview that the trade was just about done.The Nationals get ...
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has kept his eye on Gio Gonzalez for the last decade or so. Now, the left-hander is a member of Rizzo's starting rotation.
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - The Oakland Athletics have traded left-handed starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez to the Washington Nationals for four of their top prospects.
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The A's continued their rebuilding Thursday, trading All-Star pitcher Gio Gonzalez to the Washington Nationals for four minor-leaguers, including starting pitchers A.J. Cole and Brad Peacock
Gio Gonzalez is going to the Nationals, for prospects (!).Andrew Bailey rumors are still flying.Carlos Beltran will meet you in St. Louis. No pressure there.ST. LOUIS (AP) – Carlos Beltran and the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year contract pending results of a physical, a move that would fortify the team's lineup following the departure of Albert...
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The Red Sox were involved in trade talks with the Oakland A's for lefty starter Gio Gonzalez right until the end -- when the A's opted for the Washington Nationals' package of three pitching...
Billy Beane has increasingly taken a greater vocal stance on the stadium issue surrounding his club, but in recent weeks the most blaring noises from the A's general manager have been heard through trades, most recently dealing Gio Gonzalez to Washington for four prospects.