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Nationals trade for Gio Gonzalez
The Nationals today also acquired right-handed pitcher Robert Gilliam in the deal. In return for Gonzalez, the Athletics will receive catcher Derek Norris and three highly regarded pitchers — right-handers A.J. Cole and Brad Peacock plus lefty Tom Milone.
Gonzalez, 26, averaged 16 wins, 202 innings and a 3.17 ERA his past two seasons with the Athletics. He is under club control for four more years. One concern: He led the American League walks in 2011.
The Red Sox and Marlins were among the other most aggressive suitors for Gonzalez. The Rangers also were heavily involved before they won the negotiating rights to Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish.
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