Gio reportedly headed to Nationals
It’s no secret that the A’s are in a giving mood this holiday season, and on Thursday they dealt their most prized possession, reportedly sending away Gio Gonzalez to the Nationals for four prospects.
According to ESPN.com’s Keith Law, who first reported the deal, Oakland will receive Washington’s top pitching prospect, Brad Peacock, along with catcher Derek Norris and hurlers A.J. Cole and Tom Milone, in exchange for the All-Star lefty.
Neither club has confirmed the move, which comes just two weeks after pitchers Trevor Cahill and Craig Breslow were traded to Arizona in a deal that netted the A’s three players, bringing their total haul to seven well-regarded prospects.
That group is expected to add up to a competing team the A’s hope will christen a new stadium in San Jose as soon as 2014. Oakland has been awaiting a stadium decision for nearly three years, but there is speculation an answer could come as soon as January.
Gonzalez, 26, was 16-12 with a 3.12 ERA and 197 strikeouts in 202 innings this season and is under club control through 2015.
Peacock, meanwhile, went a combined 15-3 with a 2.39 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A this year before being promoted to the big-league level late in the season and allowing just one run in 12 innings.
Norris, considered Washington’s top catching prospect, is coming off his worst Minor League season, hitting .210 with 20 homers and 46 RBIs. The right-handed Cole went 4-7 with a 4.04 ERA in 20 games — 18 starts — at the Class A level this year, and lefty Milone posted a 3.81 ERA in five starts for the Nationals this year. He also compiled a 3.22 ERA with 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings in 148 1.3 frames at the Triple-A level.