Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals Agree To Big Contract Extension

Less than a month after trading for Gio Gonzalez, the Nationals gave their new starter a new deal worth a lot of money.

The Nationals gave up four good prospects to add Gio Gonzalez to their rotation, and now Washington has signed the left-handed starter to a contract extension that could keep him in a Nats uniform through 2018.

Gonzalez agreed to a five-year, $42 million contract three weeks after arriving in Washington. He made $420,000 last season and is likely a very happy person right now. The contract buys out one year of free agency, and includes 2017 and 2018 club options.


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Washington acquired Gonzalez from the Athletics in exchange for a package of four prospects: A.J. Cole, Brad Peacock, Derek Norris, and Tommy Milone.

In 2011, Gonzalez went 16-12 with a 3.12 ERA in 32 starts and 202 innings pitched and represented the A's in the All-Star game. He will join Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmerman atop what's rounding into a fine little rotation in Washington.

Gonzalez has already made himself home within the Washington organization. He's starting pitcher and assistant GM:

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