Nationals Land Gio Gonzalez for Four Prospects

by Matthew on December 22, 2011

According to ESPN’s Keith Law, the Athletics have agreed to trade prized left-handed starter Gio Gonzalez to the Washington Nationals for prospects A.J. Cole, Brad Peacock, Derek Norris and Tommy Milone.

Gonzalez, who went 16-12 with a 3.12 ERA in 2011, is in his first year of arbitration eligibility and although a figure has not yet been released, he will  likely command a salary in the $4 million range for 2012. That makes Gonzalez a terrific bargain.

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The only negative on Gonzalez is the difference in his performance on the road as compared to at home, where he pitches in the most pitcher-friendly park in baseball. He has a career 3.56 ERA at home and a 4.32 mark on the road. Last season, he had a 2.70 ERA in Oakland and a 3.62 mark elsewhere.

The 26-year old should be a good fit for the Nationals who made a good move  to build a strong young rotation for the future with a young pitcher who has one of the best left-handed breaking balls of all starting pitchers in baseball.

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