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Nationals sign Gio Gonzalez to five-year contract extension

Jan 15, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

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According to the Nationals’ official Twitter feed, newly-acquired left-hander Gio Gonzalez has been signed to a five-year contract extension. The deal also carries options for 2017 and 2018.

Gonzalez was sent from Oakland to Washington three weeks ago for top prospects Tommy Milone, Brad Peacock, Derek Norris and A.J. Cole.

The 26-year-old starter was eligible for salary arbitration for the first time this winter and stood to make a significant raise over the $420,000 league-minimum wage that he earned in 2011. This new contract with the Nats covers all of his years of arbitration eligibility and also buys out his first year of free agency.

Gonzalez posted a spectacular 3.12 ERA in 32 starts last season for the A’s, striking out 197 batters in 202 innings. He holds a 3.93 career ERA over parts of four seasons. No word yet on the financial terms.

  1. APBA Guy - Jan 15, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Good for him. He’ll be tough on NL hitters.

    • Gonzo - Jan 15, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      Especially against Utley and Howard. They are God-awful against lefties.

      • oasiserfede - Jan 15, 2012 at 4:39 PM

        Sure, Howard sucks against lefties and is just overrated, but Utley? Dont think so……..

      • Gonzo - Jan 15, 2012 at 4:46 PM

        ‘I was blinded by his atrocious 2011 stats of .187 against lefties. Career .275/.384 against LHPs. My apologies.

  2. dondada10 - Jan 15, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    I didn’t realize Gonzalez was just entering his first year of arbitration. It feels like he’s been around forever.

    • Gonzo - Jan 15, 2012 at 4:18 PM

      He was traded 3 times before he threw his first pitch in the majors. I remember he was a big deal when he was included in the Thome to Chicago trade in 2005.

  3. buffalomafia - Jan 15, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Hard nosed pitcher!

  4. mojosmagic - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    What are the numbers?

  5. jbandit2116 - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Nats shouldn’t have traded Peacock whatsoever.

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