Gio Gonzalez Trade: Oakland Reportedly Sending Pitcher To Washington Nationals

Cross another name off the list of potential acquisitions for the New York Yankees 2012 starting rotation. The Oakland Athletics are reportedly trading hotly sought after left-hander Gio Gonzalez to the Washington Nationals.

The Yankees, who have sought unsuccessfully since the end of the season to upgrade their starting rotation, had been one of several teams to inquire about the availability of the talented 26-year-old left-hander.

The reported asking price of top prospects Jesus Montero, Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos was too high for New York, however.

“It’s 99 percent done,” Gonzalez said. “It’s pending a physical and I’m just waiting to hear from my agent.”

Oakland will reportedly receive four players in the deal, including three top prospects: right-handers A.J. Cole and Brad Peacock, lefty Tom Milone and catcher Derek Norris.

The Yankees lost out on another potential trade target Wednesday when the Chicago White Sox announced that they had signed John Danks to a long-term contract.

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