A's trade Gio Gonzalez to Nats

Updated: December 23, 2011, 10:27 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has kept his eye on Gio Gonzalez for the last decade or so. Now, the left-hander is a member of Rizzo's starting rotation.

Capping trade talks that began about a month ago, the Athletics and Nationals completed a six-player swap Friday that sends Gonzalez from Oakland to Washington, where he joins a promising pitching staff that already included right-handers Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann.

"I've known him since he was in ...

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