Thursday, December 22, 2011
News on Gio Gonzalez, John Danks
By Richard Durrett
A couple of pitchers the Rangers had interest in before they posted the winning bid for Yu Darvish made some news today. That starts with Gio Gonzalez, perhaps the top pitcher on the trade market.
The young left-handed pitcher, who is under team control through the 2015 season, is reportedly heading to the Washington Nationals in a five-player deal. The A's receive: RHPs A.J. Cole and Brad Peacock, LHP Tom Milone and C Derek Norris.
So Gonzalez is out of the AL West (and the AL as a whole), but the A's continue to build up their minor-league system.
As for Danks, a source tells ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine that he's agreed to a five-year contract extension with the White Sox. The former Rangers first-round draft pick (No. 9 in 2003) agreed to a deal worth $65 million.