Nationals pick up 2017 option on Gonzalez, decline Petit

In this photo taken Sept. 6, 2016, Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez throws during the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park in Washington. The Washington Nationals have exercised their $12 million club option for 2017 on left-hander Gio Gonzalezs contract. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals have exercised their $12 million club option for 2017 on left-hander Gio Gonzalez's contract.

The team announced the move Thursday via Twitter and also said it would decline its option for reliever Yusmeiro Petit for next season.

The 31-year-old Gonzalez was 11-11 with a 4.57 ERA this season, throwing 177 1/3 innings in 32 starts.

He has won at least 10 games in each of his five seasons with the Nationals, including a high of 21 in 2012.

For his career, Gonzalez is 102-77 with a 3.73 ERA with Oakland and Washington.

Petit was 3-5 with a 4.50 ERA across 62 innings, including one start and one save. He was left off Washington's roster for its NL Division Series loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.