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Gio Gonzalez’s contract extension with Nationals worth up to $65 million

Jan 16, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

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Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has the details on Gio Gonzalez‘s new five-year deal with the Nationals, reporting that the contract guarantees the 26-year-old left-hander at least $42 million and could be worth as much as $65 million.

For that $65 million figure to come into play the Nationals would have to exercise their 2017 and 2018 options on Gonzalez, who would have been eligible for free agency following the 2015 season.

Kilgore also speculates that the Nationals could turn their attention to Jordan Zimmermann and try to sign the 25-year-old right-hander to a similar long-term deal. As it stands now Zimmermann, like Gonzalez before inking his deal, is eligible for free agency following the 2015 season.

  1. phillieschamps2012 - Jan 16, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Dumb contract extension. The Nationals are giving money away. They sign a pitcher who is 38-32 lifetime with a 3.93 ERA a 5 year contract. Insane.

    • crkreg - Jan 16, 2012 at 3:09 PM

      Hey dummy….6 games over .500 and an ERA under 4.00 pitching in the American league, for a terrible Oakland team are good numbers. And don’t forget the Nats need left handed pitching to go against the Fightins’ 18 times a year.

    • calmincali - Jan 16, 2012 at 3:46 PM

      Is just over $8mil per year for 5 years better or worse than the $8mil per year for 3 years that the Phillies gave Blanton 2 years ago? Cause he was a 72-60 pitcher with a career 4.20 ERA at the time.

      Figure in inflation and the Nats got a better (YOUNGER) pitcher on a lower per year salary.

  2. bmoreballers - Jan 16, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Should’ve used that money to sign prince. Can’t see Gonzalez being worth this much money

    • calmincali - Jan 16, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      Lerner has plenty of money left to sign Prince if he chooses to do so.

      • dcfan4life - Jan 17, 2012 at 9:38 AM

        Pray he chooses not to unless its at a substantial discount from his asking price.

  3. Jonny 5 - Jan 16, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    That picture cracks me up… Steve Erkyl crossed with Mr. Bean.

  4. APBA Guy - Jan 16, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    From a player standpoint what this tells players in MLB and the high minors is two things:

    1) Oakland is a feeder team, nothing more. Care about your individual stats, do well, and get traded away as fast as possible.
    2) Washington will pay you for your talent. It’s a desirable career destination.

    That said, I hope Ojos Loco does really well in DC. Slotting in behind Strasburg should help in that regard.

  5. dcfan4life - Jan 17, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Think about this boys, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmerman as our 3 headed monster. Those 3 alone can win 50 games for us. That may rival any starting trio in the National League. With all of them signed for the next few years, this team can make the playoffs in that time frame. I have said all along i predict them to win around 86 games this year and just miss the playoffs, with next year being their year. Great signing, light of good days ahead in DC.

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