Nationals snag Gonzalez

Athletics starter Gio Gonzalez pitches against the Rangers in Arlington, Tex., July 8, 2011. (TIM...

Athletics starter Gio Gonzalez pitches against the Rangers in Arlington, Tex., July 8, 2011. (TIM SHARP/Reuters)

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The Washington Nationals have won the raffle for Gio Gonzalez, acquiring the left-handed pitcher Thursday from the Oakland A's for four top prospects.

Oakland will get right-handers A.J. Cole and Brad Peacock, catcher Derek Norris and left-hander Tom Milone.

The A's included pitcher Rob Gilliam in the deal. The 24-year-old right-hander went 12-7 with a 5.04 ERA in 28 starts for Single-A Stockton last year.

MLB.com ranked Peacock as the Nationals' No. 2 prospect, behind only Bryce Harper, with Cole third and Norris fifth.

But the Nationals were determined to get Gonzalez, 26, who was 16-12 in 2011 with a 3.12 earned-run average.

Gonzalez, a four-year veteran, has spent his entire big-league career with Oakland, compiling a 38-32 record with a 3.93 ERA and 511 strikeouts in 535 innings.

He is eligible for arbitration after the 2012 season but isn't eligible for free agency until 2016.

Peacock went 15-3 with a 2.39 ERA with double-A Harrisburg and triple-A Syracuse in 2011.

Twelve teams, including the Toronto Blue Jays, reportedly were interested in dealing for Gonzalez.


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