A's get quality and quantity for Gio 

December, 22, 2011

The Washington Nationals made it clear they want to try and win sooner rather than later by trading four prospects (right-handers Brad Peacock and A.J. Cole, left-hander Tom Milone and catcher Derek Norris) to the Oakland Athletics for left-hander Gio Gonzalez.

The Nationals get some starting rotation depth, but at a pretty significant cost in prospects, pinned to the hope that Gonzalez' moderate success these last two years wasn't just a function of him playing his home games in Oakland's pitcher-friendly park. The A's, on the other hand, get a substantial reward for taking in Gonzalez -- who struggled with two other organizations -- and building up his value beyond what I think it would have become in most other ballparks.

Keith Law

ESPN Senior Writer