Nationals To Acquire Gio Gonzalez

The Athletics will trade Gio Gonzalez to the Nationals in a deal that further depletes Oakland's pitching staff and adds to Washington's potentially dominant rotation. The deal sends Gonzalez and minor league right-hander Robert Gilliam to Washington in exchange for four highly-regarded young players, including three of the Nationals' top ten prospects: right-handers A.J. Cole and Brad Peacock, left-hander Tom Milone and catcher Derek Norris. ESPN.com's Keith Law broke the news on Twitter, with Scott Miller of CBSSports.com reporting Gilliam's inclusion in the deal.

Gio Gonzalez A's

Gonzalez (pictured) will join Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann atop an impressive-looking Nationals' rotation that also figures to include Chien-Ming Wang and John Lannan. Gonzalez, 26, is under team control through 2015. He has reached the 200-inning plateau in each of the past two seasons without posting an ERA above 3.23.

However, no MLB pitcher has walked more opponents than Gonzalez in the past two seasons and he's about to get expensive through arbitration (projected 2012 salary of $4.2MM). While most teams –the Nationals included — can stomach a $4.2MM salary for an established, young left-handed starter, the A's haven't resolved their stadium situation and operate under a more limited payroll.

Without Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill, two of the 40 MLB pitchers to throw 200 innings this past season, Oakland's rotation will look considerably different in 2012. Brandon McCarthy, Guillermo Moscoso, Brett Anderson, Dallas Braden, Tyson Ross and Josh Outman are possible starters for the A's, who entered the offseason with a deeper rotation than most.

Gilliam, 24, was an eighth-round draft pick for the A's in the 2009 draft.  The right-hander has a 4.55 ERA, a 3.07 K/BB ratio and has 270 strikeouts in 287 innings of pro ball, with his highest level of advancement being Class A Stockton last season.

Peacock (#3), Cole (#4) and Norris (#9) all rank among the Nationals' top ten prospects, according to Baseball America's latest rankings. Peacock emerged as "one of the most exciting power arms in the high minors" this year, BA reports. The 23-year-old posted a 2.39 ERA with 10.9 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9 in the upper minors before getting called up to the Nationals and appearing in three games.

Cole posted a 4.04 ERA with 10.9 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 in 89 innings at Class A this past season. The 2010 fourth rounder is just 19 years old and stands 6'4". Milone, 24, made his MLB debut this past season, posting a 3.81 ERA with 5.2 K/9 and 1.4 BB/9 in five starts with the Nationals. He spent most of the season at Triple-A, where he had a 3.22 ERA with 9.4 K/9 and 1.0 BB/9 in 148 1/3 innings.

Norris, 22, entered the 2011 season as the 72nd best prospect in the game, according to Baseball America. He responded by posting a .210/.367/.446 line in his first stint at Double-A, adding 20 homers and 77 walks.

Though Nationals GM Mike Rizzo would no doubt have preferred to acquire Gonzalez for lesser prospects, it was clear from the beginning of the offseason that Gonzalez would require a substantial return. The Red Sox, Rangers, Marlins, Yankees, Blue Jays, Tigers and Mariners were also linked to Gonzalez this winter. Earlier in the offseason, A's GM Billy Beane obtained minor leaguers Jarrod ParkerCollin Cowgill and Ryan Cook for Cahill and Craig Breslow.

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459 Comments on "Nationals To Acquire Gio Gonzalez"


3 years 8 months ago

And Red Sox fans everywhere can now un-pee their pants.

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

Man, it is far too late for that. The relief just washed over me and I couldn’t help it.

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

If only the system down there worked that way.  

I was hoping for the BoSox to get him, but glad we didn’t trade Lavarnway or any of the rest of our depleted farm since the AGon trade.

Would have given any of the ‘plateau-ed’ guys – Anderson, Reddick, Doubront, Weiland, Miller, Iglesias etc… in a package though

chico65
3 years 8 months ago

Oh, okay, in a package then.  I’m taking it Weiland would be the centerpiece of your deal?

Leonard Washington
3 years 8 months ago

I know. So happy we didnt empty out half of our top 10 for Gio.

3 years 8 months ago

I personally would rather pay cash for Roy Oswalt and Madson Gio is not that good of a pitcher if the  Soxs land Bailey thats will be nice 

Leonard Washington
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah most definitely. Gio would be nice to have but honestly watching guys who walk people like he does gets annoying the example here being Dice-K…omg what an annoying start to watch. Gio could def improve that though but even still the package they got for him was a huge overpay, and one year of Oswalt is ideal seeing as we could get in on any top FA pitcher next season, hopefully Hamels hits the market.

3 years 8 months ago

They have Gio, who threw 200+ with >3.50 ERA both ages 24 and 25, for four years on the cheap. That is MUCH better than paying for an expensive one year stopgap that could get hurt at any time. 

Leonard Washington
3 years 8 months ago

For one we will have depth behind him im sure. Two as good as Gio is pitching at Fenway walking 100 people is only gonna make his stat line come back to reality. Then your stuck with a three starter with a twos ceiling for what? Four of your top ten prospects. No thanks pay the money sign someone else next year or trade for someone a bit better than Gio for the same package. 

3 years 7 months ago

just letting you know oswalt was better in his prime but gio is better now hes 25 and oswalt is 34

3 years 8 months ago

You obviously did not excel in Math. Three of ten is not half, more like less than 1/3 of their top ten and only one was top five. 

Leonard Washington
3 years 8 months ago

I am obviously speaking in generalities obviously the point was it was an overpay.

Leonard Washington
3 years 8 months ago

And yeah all four are widely considered to be in their top 10 prospects. 

MaineSox
3 years 8 months ago

Hey, remember that time the Red Sox didn’t trade for Gio?  Good times, good times.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

this is way better than the melancon trade

diesel2410
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah I remember

Karkat
3 years 8 months ago

I shudder to think what we’d have to resort to in response to an injury had we traded for Gonzalez. We might as well have just sold one of our minor league affiliates because we barely have enough talent to fill them as-is >_>

grownice
3 years 8 months ago

 Harry: “I got… I gotta stop and got to the bathroom”
 Lloyd: “Just go man… Oh… that’s really warm.”

Thomas W
3 years 8 months ago

Fun Fact: Gio Gonzalez 09-11 8.8 fWAR Jason Hammels 09-11 8.8 fWAR

3 years 8 months ago

Cool. I’m sure Tim Lincecum and Dillon Gee have a stat in common also. 

Thomas W
3 years 8 months ago

is it three years worth of MLB wins above replacement?

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 8 months ago

Gio actually only had a 7.8 fWAR during that time period.

diesel2410
3 years 8 months ago

Worst offseason ever for the Sox….

I love it!

kevinfoley46
3 years 8 months ago

Well when they have seemingly great offseasons, they have….2011. So let’s try something new.

3 years 8 months ago

Because they have to go into next year again with that horrid rotation? A slew of arms destined to and will once against cost Red Sox nation from another title. You think Beckett has any chance of repeating last season? There is nothing coming off that farm to help either… Lester and Buccholz are nice, Beckett should be back and solid also…but there is nothing after that…at all…and the first three have all had their share of issues. 

3 years 8 months ago

And boom goes the dynamite…

Typed it wrong, my bad 😀

oleosmirf
3 years 8 months ago

fail

3 years 8 months ago

smh

Shawnthemon
3 years 8 months ago

I’m happy the Jays didn’t get Gio. I wouldn’t want to give up half of that.

Bombastic_Dave
3 years 8 months ago

Liked.  I’d rather we try our luck at one of five players breaking out than to put all eggs in the Gio basket.

Shawnthemon
3 years 8 months ago

I would have thought a package like that would get Garza

3 years 8 months ago

I would think it would be enough to get Garza.  It’s more than the Cubs gave up for him last year when he had one more year of control.  The funny part was most people thought that was too much for Garza last year. 

3 years 8 months ago

We wanted Gio…he is a far better product, read:
link to fangraphs.com

3 years 8 months ago

Garza is basically the same pitcher, more expensive, and under control a shorter period. 

3 years 8 months ago

Not to mention Gio’s endeavors versus the AL East. With his walk rate and those batters seeing him 3-4 times per year? Game over.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

happy for the athletics because that is an awesome haul for gio

happier for boston though. bullet dodged

edit: and to be fair to the nationals, gio shouldn’t regress much if at all in the NL. here’s hoping he continues to improve and everyone wins. strasburg-zimmerman-gonzalez could turn out to be an excellent top 3 when the time comes

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

Think the Mets and Braves just crapped themselves a little bit more?

Phillies were already the favorites. The Marlins and the Nats have done a very good job of improving themselves. The Braves and Mets…..not much at all.

dc21892
3 years 8 months ago

What a haul, lmao. Maybe I’m second guessing myself. I wanted to see Boston grab him just cause I wanted to see them make a move, but nevermind, I’m good.

not_brooks
3 years 8 months ago

Great deal for the A’s.

2015!

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

really great deal. cole and norris are fantastic and peacock is no scrub either

Snoochies8
3 years 8 months ago

and milone may not be a strikeout machine, but 16 walks in 140+ innings…not too shabby

not_brooks
3 years 8 months ago

I hadn’t even heard of Milone until today, but his peripherals look great.

His walk rate has dropped and his K-rate has increased in each of the past three seasons.

Could be a dark horse for the starting rotation.

Snoochies8
3 years 8 months ago

yeah milone looks pretty good, only knock is that he doesn’t throw 90 mph, or at least tops out at it

3 years 8 months ago

BA had him as the best control and changeup in the organization. 

Snoochies8
3 years 8 months ago

i’m definitely going to see some rivercats games next year, jesus, a possible opening day rotation of (2 of) parker, gray, peacock, and milone. that’s naaaasty, plus green, miller, parker, ka’aiahue (however you spell it) on offense, should be an awesome group to watch

Fifty_Five
3 years 8 months ago

Probably because he only throws like 86-88. But he can pitch definitely, I like him better than peacock

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

You know who else has relatively low velocity and doesn’t know how to issue a walk?

Cliff Lee says velocity is overrated when you have pinpoint control.
Seriously, I’m new to the Milone train myself, but looking at his peripherals, if the A’s want Middlebrooks all that bad and think this mid-eighties throwing scrub is such a waste, I’ve got a trade proposal for them…

Jakmagic
3 years 8 months ago

I haven’t heard of him till today also. Guess by how everyone talks about him he is kind of like a Shawn Marcum type pitcher. That’s not a bad thing either.

padresfuture
3 years 8 months ago

While I don’t think the return is as good as the Padres got for Latos, I have to agree that this was a fantastic return for the A’s – certainly more than I expected.

brett
3 years 8 months ago

Its a lot but If there was one area in the system we could afford to lose it is pitching. 

UWRyan
3 years 8 months ago

Predictable-_-, I think its a good trade, but i did kind of wish for the mystery team!

kast2L
3 years 8 months ago

god damnit now the braves have to face Gio!? he’s K rate will only go up now… 

LUWahooNatFan
3 years 8 months ago

Cole, Peacock, Norris, and Milone.. I’m actually happy Hood isn’t included

Good job Rizzo

oleosmirf
3 years 8 months ago

never heard of Norris but wow does that guy look good on paper. Granted the BA was very low this year but extremely high walk rate, has power and fantastic at throwing runners out.

natsnation21
3 years 8 months ago

However he was useless to the Nats, who have a glut of catchers anyway.

Snoochies8
3 years 8 months ago

too bad no destin hood, but i like the deal

3 years 8 months ago

Wow, what a deal. Could be a solid 1-2-3 combo if Gio adjusts properly to the NL and Stras stays healthy. I like the Nats chances for a 2nd place finish or even a wild card if they can get Prince. With the phillies getting older this team may be a force in the next few years. I’ll be rooting for em.

P.S. When the heck are the Yanks going to get some pitching help. I’ve been very patient with, “Plan B”

3 years 8 months ago

Why didn’t they just keep these guys?  

3 years 8 months ago

Because they suck. Millone throws 85 with nothing but a
changeup. Peacock is a 2-pitch pitcher with bad command. Norris can’t
hit the broad side of a barn. The only one with any iota of talent is
Cole and he hasn’t even pitched above low-A ball. Billy Beane is a
disgrace. What a terrible haul. RIzzo wins big.

3 years 8 months ago

Sickles reports:

3) A.J. Cole, RHP, Grade B+. I really believe in his upside. Needs to build stamina and refine his changeup, but if it comes together he could be a Top 20 pitching prospect next year, perhaps more.

4) Brad Peacock, RHP, Grade B: Borderline B+. Still has some command issues, but his ERAs finally caught up with his components and his overall potential in 2011. Will be ready before Cole but his upside is not quite as high. Future 2/3 starter if all works out.

6) Derek Norris, C, Grade B: Loads of power, walks, and scouting reports on his defense are getting more positive each year. Ranking may seem high for such a low batting average, but I see him as a Mike Napoli/Mickey Tettleton type who can be productive even with a low average.

9) Tom Milone, LHP, Grade B-: At some point, the radar guns stop mattering. The guy can simply pitch. He has little margin for error, but he will probably have a better career than hundreds of guys who throw 10 MPH harder.

Sickles reports > your mindless, thoughtless sh!t-talking.

3 years 8 months ago

Brilliant right up, thanks Pete!

Thomas W
3 years 8 months ago

because they were surplus and they think they are ready to compete and build a fanbase now

Vmmercan
3 years 8 months ago

It’s expensive but you won’t get any special surprises, you should stick with it-

Oh, wait, never mind.

bonds2425
3 years 8 months ago

When I read this I thought of a different “plan B”

drjayphd
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah, I’ve gotta admit, if the Nationals get Fielder, I like their
chances in the division almost as much as your chances of winning the
WWE or World Heavyweight Championship. Or both. Raw’s bringing Smackdown
guys on the show, you could take their title too.

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 8 months ago

Good.

joeybw
3 years 8 months ago

Whatever. Bailey will be going to Boston any second now, if they had any actual interest, it was only to raise Boston’s price.

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

Your pessimism is strangely reminiscent of Randy Quaid in Major League 2.

The Rays could give up like 1% of their MiLB talent pool and get Bailey.

Exposfan
3 years 8 months ago

Overpaid. While he’s a decent guy in the rotation to contend in the next few years, a guy like Edwin Jackson is still available and could had done 90% of the task. I know the NL East is filled with power LH hitters but that is too much given up.

Thomas W
3 years 8 months ago

Should gone after Garza, they could have kept Cole.

FacelessGeneralManager
3 years 8 months ago

i think the reason for this is the money and control.

nats2012
3 years 8 months ago

Yes, and Espinosa and Storen stay put!!!!!!!!!!! Plus Destin Hood!!!!

Fifty_Five
3 years 8 months ago

If I were the Nats I would have rather taken out two of those guys and plugged in Espinosa. Those K’s are gonna catch up to him

Pawsdeep
3 years 8 months ago

The Nats gave up a metric ton, but they will have a very nasty top of the rotation. Granted their starters stay healthy, next year could be a wry exciting year for them, especially if Harper makes his debut.

This could make the nationals very good for quite some time. Their starting staff is well beyond solid.

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

WOW! That’s a nice haul!

Brad Peacock, A.J. Cole AND Derek Norris, plus Tom Milone?!?

I think I might I like this package even more than the ones they got for Mulder, Haren and Swisher.

3 years 8 months ago

Not even that…I think this is the best haul for any player, ever.  I seriously can’t remember anyone getting back 3 top starting pitching prospects + another player for 1.  This one will go down in the record books.

grownice
3 years 8 months ago

 Lmao slow down there…

vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

Pedro Martinez was a pretty good haul for Delino DeShields.

3 years 8 months ago

Trading Mark Teixeira to Atlanta pretty much turned Texas from a joke to the best team in baseball. That trade destroys any trade I’ve ever seen, including this one.

MB923
3 years 8 months ago

Atlanta made 2 horrible trades with Teixiera. The one they traded when they got him, and then Teixeira for Casey Kotchman lmao. 

melonis_rex
3 years 8 months ago

As an A’s fan, that trade still makes me sad. WHY did that happen. 

Also, the Angels trade. The draft pick from Tex turned into Mike Trout. 

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

The Braves hurt us a little bit during those Teixeira trades also. They could have taken Kendrys Morales out of the AL West for us. He was who Anaheim wanted to give them for Teixeira, but the Braves held out for Casey Kotchman!

padresfuture
3 years 8 months ago

The Padres got 2 top 100 prospects, may be top 50 when this years rankings come out… for Mike Adams.

3 years 8 months ago

Beane murdered on this one.  The Massacre.