Gio Gonzalez Agrees To Contract Extension, Nationals Will Control Rights Through 2018

The Washington Nationals signed new pitcher Gio Gonzalez to a contract extension that will keep him under team control until 2018.

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Gio Gonzalez Agrees To Contract Extension, Washington Nationals Control Rights Through 2018

Less than a month after trading for Gio Gonzalez, the Washington Nationals have agreed to terms on a contract extension that could keep the young lefty in a Nats uniform through 2018. The extension means that Gonzalez and the Nats will avoid salary arbitration. The Nationals made the announcement on their Twitter account on Sunday afternoon.

Via @NationalsPR:

The lefty was set to become a free agent after 2015, so the extension is huge news as the Nats now control his rights for an additional three years.

Gonzalez was traded to the Nationals just before Christmas, with Washington sending A.J. Cole, Brad Peacock, Derek Norris, and Tommy Milone to the Athletics. Gonzalez went 16-12 with a 3.12 ERA in 32 starts and 202 innings pitched in 2011.

For more on all things Nationals baseball please check out Federal Baseball, SB Nation's Washington Nationals blog.

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Gio Gonzalez Trade Official, Washington Nationals Announce

The Washington Nationals announced Friday that their reported trade with the Oakland Athletics is official.

In a press release, the team confirmed it has acquired left-handed starter Gio Gonzalez and minor-league pitcher Robert Gilliam in exchange for four prospects, catcher Derek Norris, and pitchers A.J. Cole, Brad Peacock and Tommy Milone.

"We could not be more pleased to add lefthander Gio Gonzalez to our club," general manager Mike Rizzo said in the press release. "Gio is a front-line starter with glowing credentials, the vast majority of which were achieved before his 26th birthday. Gio's presence bolsters the top portion of our rotation with yet another power arm to compete in the rugged National League East."

Gilliam, excluded by most reports of the deal, is a 24-year old righty selected by the A's in the 8th round of the 2009 amateur draft. He was 12-7 with a 5.04 ERA and 156 strikeouts in 28 starts for High-A Stockton this past season. He'll join Gonzalez, the centerpiece of the deal, in joining the Nationals organization.

Gonzalez, 26, was 16-12 with a 3.12 ERA and 197 strikeouts for Oakland in 2011.

For more on all things Nationals baseball please check out Federal Baseball, SB Nation's Washington Nationals blog.

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Gio Gonzalez Trade: Blockbuster Shows Nationals Feel They Are Ready To Contend

The Washington nationals made a major statement yesterday when they moved four of their top prospects to the Oakland Athletics for lefty Gio Gonzalez. There are two schools of thought on this trade. One is that the Nationals gave up way too many young prospects and that Gonzalez isn't worth the price. But the second, according to Mark Zucerman at CSN Washington, is that the Nationals are ready to do what they need to do to contend, and that is a much more important message.

Either way, we'll probably look back at this day as a defining moment for a franchise that for seven years has been waiting to make its move and now has stated in no uncertain terms it believes it's ready to contend.

The Nationals have been in the limbo of "acquiring talent" for a while no, and this is a pretty big move towards contending. Gonzalez won't win a pennant for the Nationals himself, but he could be an important part of a competitive Nationals team. Jayson Werth was the first shot fired across the bow of Major League Baseball saying that the Nationals were finally here. This is the second.

For more on all things Nationals baseball please check out Federal Baseball.

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Gio Gonzalez Trade: Newest National Was Surprised By Trade

The Washington Nationals acquired Gio Gonzalez in a trade from the Oakland Athletics, sending four of their top prospects out West. Gonzalez had been rumored to be involved in some sort of trade ever since the Winter Meetings, but according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, Gonzalez was fairly surprised when he received word that he was on his way to the Nation's Capital.

"I was extremely surprised that I was on the trade block," Gonzalez said via phone. "After talking to Billy Beane, he told me -- straight up -- he would never trade anyone in their prime right off the bat to go somewhere else -- if possible."

Professional General Managers are not known to be the most honest bunch of individuals, so it's not surprising that Beane would say something like this and then finalize a trade for him anyway. I'm a little surprised that Gonzalez didn't see this coming because like I said, he had been rumored to be on the move for about a month now; with speculation about the Nationals really heating up in the last couple of days.

For more on this trade and where the Nationals can go from here, check out Federal Baseball.

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Gio Gonzalez Traded To Washington Nationals For Four Prospects, According To Report

The Washington Nationals made a long-awaited deal to bolster their starting rotation Thursday, trading four highly-rated prospects to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for left-handed pitcher Gio Gonzalez.

According to Keith Law of ESPN and Scouts, Inc., the Nationals sent A.J. Cole, Brad Peacock, Derek Norris, and Tommy Milone to the Athletics in exchange for the 26-year-old Gonzalez, who went 16-12 with a 3.12 ERA in 32 starts and 202 innings pitched in 2011.

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo had come under heavy criticism for missing out on free agent pitcher Mark Buehrle at the Winter Meetings earlier this month (Buehrle signed with the Miami Marlins). Gonzalez is expected to be Washington's third starter in 2012, behind Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann.

Three of the four prospects dealt to Oakland (Cole, Peacock, and Norris) were rated among the top 10 in Washington's system, according to Baseball America. Peacock and Milone finished the 2011 season with AAA Syracuse. Norris finished 2011 at Class A Hagerstown, while Cole was at AA Harrisburg.

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Gio Gonzalez Trade Rumors: Washington Nationals Make Gonzalez Their 'Top Priority', According To Report

The Washington Nationals, in an attempt to find a top-of-the-line starter to pair with Stephen Strasburg, are making it their "top priority" to acquire Oakland Athletics pitcher Gio Gonzalez in a trade, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson. The Nationals would have to surrender several prospects to land Gonzalez, but they appear to be willing to do so.

Trying to acquire A's left-hander Gio Gonzalez is the Nationals' top priority, according to a baseball source. The clubs are trying to work out a deal that would send four players to Oakland, and it is believed that Gonzalez will be traded soon.

The Athletics are especially looking at right-handed pitcher Cole Kimball and catches Derek Norris. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports indicates the Nationals seem willing to surrender more prospects as well.

Gonzalez finished 16-12 with a 3.12 ERA and 197 strikeouts last season. He is not arbitration-eligible until 2012. Ladson reports that the Nationals would pursue Roy Oswalt only as a backup plan.

For more on the Nationals, visit Federal Baseball.

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Gio Gonzalez Trade Rumors: Washington Nationals Making A Push To Trade For Athletics Lefty, According To Report

While the Washington Nationals may have failed to make a big splash on the free agency market so far, reports on Monday night linked the Nats to one of the biggest pitching prizes on the offseason trade market. Fox's Ken Rosenthal tweeted that Washington was making a push to acquire Oakland's young lefty starter Gio Gonzalez.

Via @Ken_Rosenthal:

Sources: #Nationals pushing hard for Gio. Discussing 4-for-1 trade with #Athletics. #MLB

Gonzalez has been linked with a host of teams over the past week, including the Cincinnati Reds, Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, and both the New York Mets and Yankees. Gonzalez has pitched 200 innings in each of the past two seasons, compiling a 31-21 overall record with an ERA just above 3.00 in each season.

He is a talented and highly coveted young lefty, but just this week Jon Heyman reported that the A's were asking the Yankees for their top hitting prospect and their top two pitching prospects in a proposed trade. One has to wonder what kind of haul, reportedly four players strong, the Nats are considering sending out to the Bay Area.

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Washington Nationals, visit SB Nation's Nats' blog, Federal Baseball. For all your MLB free agency news, visit Baseball Nation.

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