By now you know that the Washington Nationals pulled off a blockbuster trade Thursday afternoon, acquiring left-hander Gio Gonzalez in exchange for four highly-regard prospects. Gonzalez was one of the most sought-after pitchers on the trade market this offseason and the A's made no secret they were trying to move him in return for a slew of prospects in preparation for a projected 2013-2014 return to contention. The price was high, so let's talk a little bit about what the Nationals got in Gonzalez.
Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
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Let's talk about the impressive haul that the Nationals had to give up in order to bring Gio Gonzalez to Washington -- it required three of their top-ranked prospect and two players expected to compete for rotation or bullpen spots on the major league roster this spring.
Nationals acquire Gio Gonzalez from A's in exchange for Brad Peacock, Tommy Milone, Derek Norris and A.J. Cole
The Nationals agreed in principle on a five-player trade with the Oakland Athletics Thursday, acquiring talented lefty Gio Gonzalez but giving up a prospect haul, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations. Right-handed pitchers Brad Peacock and A.J. Cole were both sent to the A's in the deal, along with left-hander Tommy Milone and catcher Derek Norris.
The Washington Nationals continued their efforts to re-stock their bench, closing in on a deal with utility man Mark DeRosa late Wednesday night, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations. DeRosa, who has missed much of the previous two seasons with a wrist injury, can play both infield and outfield and will serve as a right-handed bat off the bench.
The Nationals announced Wednesday afternoon that they claimed infielder Carlos Rivero off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies.
Amidst a flurry of minor league moves Tuesday morning, the Nationals announced they were extending major league spring training invitations to three of their non-40-man players: right-hander Rafael Martin, catcher Sandy Leon and outfielder Corey Brown.
The Nationals signed Mike Cameron to a minor league contract with a spring training invite Monday afternoon and Tuesday they announced the official signings of nine other minor leaguers with invitations to big league camp. Joining Cameron and the previously reported signing of Brett Carroll at major league camp will be right-handed pitchers Jeff Fulchino and Waldis Joaquin, catcher Carlos Maldonado, infielders Andres Blanco, Jarrett Hoffpauir and Chad Tracey, and outfielders Jason Michaels and Xavier Paul.
The Nationals announced the rest of their minor league coaching staffs on Monday as well, so here is the full list:
The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a minor league deal with free agent outfielder Mike Cameron Monday afternoon adding him to their mix as a fourth outfielder and a right-handed bat off the bench. Cameron will get an invitation to spring training.
The Nationals officially announced their Grapefruit League schedule this afternoon. Just 67 more days until pitchers and catchers report for the 2012 season.
There were several players who hit the free agent market late Monday night after the non-tender deadline that could certainly interest the Nationals, particularly as they look to rebuild their bench.
Making an expected move official, the Washington Nationals did not tender left-handed reliever Doug Slaten a contract on Monday evening. Slaten was the only one of seven arbitration eligible players Washington did not offer a contract to for the 2012 season.
German Miranda, the head of the Dominican Justice Ministry's Anti-laundering Unit, announced Monday that former Nationals Latin American director Jose Rijo, the MVP of the 1990 World Series for the Cincinnati Reds, is officially a fugitive. Rijo will be arrested sometime before Dec. 24, Miranda said, on a charge of contempt of court. Rijo has failed to appear twice for questioning in the investigation of his business dealings with another fugitive, Matia Avelino Castro, who is wanted for the murder of a journalist.
The 2011 offseason will gain another layer tonight when teams decide which of their players they're going to officially tender contracts to for the 2012 season.
I just spoke with Collin Balester, the now former Nationals right-hander who's joined the bullpen of the Detroit Tigers. It's been a crazy afternoon for Balester, who's wife Ashley is expecting the couple's first child and is due today. He was out shopping for a Christmas tree and had left his phone at home when the trade went down. Ashley began receiving phone calls and texts asking about the news and that's when the two learned they'd be taking their soon-to-be-growing family to Detroit next summer, just 45 minutes north of Ashley's home town of Perrysburg, Ohio.