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3 years ago  ::  Dec 22, 2011 - 4:56PM #1
laurenfrances
Posts: 19,275

With this trade, whiners can whine some more.....Sealed

Nats pay the price, get Gio Gonzalez from the A’s


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Everyone thought Billy Beane was nuts when he asked the Yankees for Jesus Montero and top pitching prospects for Gio Gonzalez, but he stuck to his guns and ended up getting a monster haul for the walk prone left-hander. Keith Law reports that Gonzalez has been traded to the Nationals for four prospects: catcher Derek Norris and right-handers A.J. Cole, Brad Peacock, and Tom Milone. Peacock, Cole, and Norris were recently ranked as the numbers three, four, and nine prospects in Washington’s system by Always proud to be a Yankee fan.

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3 years ago  ::  Dec 22, 2011 - 5:35PM #2
CaptainJeter
Posts: 5,468


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 four highly-regarded young players, including three of the Nationals' top ten prospects, to the Bay Area: 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.


Gonzalez (pictured) will join Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann atop an impressive-looking Nationals' rotation that also figures to include John Lannan and Chien-Ming Wang. 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. 


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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.


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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3 years ago  ::  Dec 22, 2011 - 6:31PM #3
BigGuy
Posts: 47,869

Welcome to last place Mets.

"Jay Z got him a big raise, but he also got him a 30-day vacation – it’s called October," --Pete Rose
3 years ago  ::  Dec 22, 2011 - 6:55PM #4
78Bombers
Posts: 2,517

Dec 22, 2011 -- 5:40PM, Smutcicle wrote:


1. Strasburg


2. Gio


3. Zimmerman


4. Lannan


5. Wang


Storen 40 + saves!


I love their bullpen too such young and fresh arms! 





muetfans are going to love facing that rotation...with both the Marlins and Nats improving  their teams, the muets should be a lock to inhabit the cellar for the '12 season.  








3 years ago  ::  Dec 22, 2011 - 8:01PM #5
laurenfrances
Posts: 19,275

Dec 22, 2011 -- 6:31PM, BigGuy wrote:


Welcome to last place Mets.




I had those exact thoughts....SealedSurprised

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