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Report: Gio Gonzalez traded to the Nats for four top prospects

Dec 22, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

Gio Gonzalez AP

There were multiple reports in the past hour or so that the Athletics were moving close to trading Gio Gonzalez, with most suggesting the Nationals as the most likely destination and some random Red Sox speculation.  Now Keith Law reports that a deal has been struck:  Gonzalez to the Nationals for four prospects: A.J. Cole, Brad Peacock, Derek Norris, and Tom Milone.

This is a huge haul for Gonzalez, it seems to me. According to John Sickels, these guys rank as the Nationals’ third, fourth, sixth and ninth best prospects.  And given how good the Nationals’ number one and number two prospects are — Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon — you could easily move all of those numbers up if they had come from other organizations.

Great move for the A’s to sell high on Gonzalez. If he holds form, fine, it’s a solid addition for Washington too, but I can’t help but think we’ve already seen Gonzalez’ best.  This strikes me as a pretty significant overpay, especially for a team whose competitive window is not just next year, but rather, over the next six or seven years.

Billy Beane’s still got it.

  1. sisqsage - Dec 22, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Latos is an idiot.
    We haven’t heard from “Biceps” in Philly in awhile. What’s up with that?

    • Gonzo - Dec 22, 2011 at 8:06 PM

      He asked to be banned and got his wish.

  2. mikeyrivs23 - Dec 22, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    Am I missing something here? Most people here are hating on this deal, but I personally feel this is a great move for the Nats (and also for Oakland). Nationals have Wilson Ramos who’s a dammn respectable catcher, so although they gave up Norris, they’re going to be okay. Sure they gave up two pitching prospects, but they’re getting Gio Gonzalez. You can analyze his stats all you want, but for anyone who actually watches him pitch, as opposed to checking his stat line the next morning in the paper, you’ll see he gets guys out. I believe his ERA away was almost a run higher than pitching in friendly Oakland, but it was still well below 4. It was 3.62 to be exact. This is huge for the Nats, as he can slide right into the rotation behind Strasburg and Zimmerman. It’s not even a certainty the pitching prospects they gave away will pan out, but they’re getting a solid pitcher who’s still only 26. Thumbs up for Washington. Thumbs up for Oakland.

    • brosterik - Dec 22, 2011 at 11:24 PM

      I agree that this is a great deal for both teams. Wilson Ramos is a respectable catcher so Norris is ok to give up. It’s only going to hurt D.C. if Ramos gets taken again.. Lol. Go Nats!

  3. andyreidisfat - Dec 22, 2011 at 11:01 PM

    If you mean he still has “it” as “it” being zero titles, then yes mr. Bean still has a whole lot of it.

    I feel bad for A’s fans. Their team is more excited about trading established stars than they are winning.

    If this team kept half of the players they trade over the past 15 years they would have won multiple ws.

    Congrats mr bean you won another trade, your the best trader ever. Now explain how that’s going to win a title

  4. brosterik - Dec 22, 2011 at 11:11 PM

    As a Nationals Fan, I like the trade. You see, this guy has proven over the last two years that he can pitch and pitch well, just by looking at his ERA. Yes the Nationals gave up a haul in return, but you have to give up good players to get studs. Maybe down the line, those players the Nationals gave up turn out well. But as of right now, the Nationals know they have 3 Aces. 2 righty’s and a lefty. The last two spots can be filled by John Lannan and one other guy. They must choose the pitcher who does best in spring training to be #5. It looks like a BRIGHT future in D.C.

  5. Old Gator - Dec 22, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    The Feesh wanted Gio and Gio wanted the Feesh. That the Gnats beat Macondo out for him demonstrates how badly the Feesh have tended to their farm the last few years, selling off prospects for ethanol and leaving the field littered with scrubeenies.

  6. dcfan4life - Dec 23, 2011 at 12:44 AM

    I know Gio had command issues, but cmon guys, 15 and 16 wins for the offensively challenged Oakland As. This is the same club that plays in the AL against some god awful pitching staffs but really good hitters and he still wins that many with an ERA a shade over 3. Now i agree Brad Peacock had a lot of promise, but Milone was a number 5 at best and the other 2 are years away if ever from the majors. I dont like giving up Peacock but when your farm system is as deep as Washingtons is you can make such a move. The Yankees and Red Sox do it year in and year out. I expect Gio to do really well. Strasburg, Zimmerman, Gio, Wang and either Lannan or Detwiler is a pretty good rotation. 87 wins and a playoff run thats gonna come a hair short. I called it right here.

  7. btwicey - Dec 23, 2011 at 4:48 AM

    Surely this means dewiler is a lock for 5th?

  8. tjg25 - Dec 23, 2011 at 8:04 AM

    Billy Beane’s still got it? I guess he does have that shelf with all those championship trophies on it doesn’t he…

  9. thefutureisbrightindc - Dec 23, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Gio is a proven Stud. Billy Beane has nothing to worry about now except polishing his world series trophies and paying off all of his big time free agents this year. Wait, what? He has neither? Man he’s a genius!

  10. dcollins8 - Dec 23, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    Yea billy beane still got it. How many pennants has he won? Yea still got it havent been to the playoffs in years but he still has it.

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