Nats lock up Gonzalez until 2017

by Matthew on January 15, 2012

Finally, ex-A’s pitcher Gio Gonzalez and  the Washington Nationals have agreed to a five-year contract extension three weeks after he was acquired in a six-player trade with Oakland for a package of prospects.

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The deal that was struck will reportedly run though the 2016 and include options for two more years. It’s not clear at this point how much the deal is worth.

The left-hander, who had filed for arbitration on Friday,  was eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter as a Super Two qualifier, so the contract buys out at least one year of free agency.

The 26-year-old went 16-12 last season — a career high for wins — with a 3.12 ERA in 32 starts and was selected to his first All-Star game. He has maintained a 3.17 ERA and 184 strikeouts per year since the start of the 2010 season.

He is good fit for a promising rotation that also includes right-handers Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann.

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