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Going Gonzo?

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We know from watching  CashMan try to lift prospects out of Mike Rizzo’s DC farm system, that’s it’s   near impossible tearing the Washington National’s  GM away from his prospect porn, so there is a good chance one or two of those youngsters beat out Gonzalez..

It’s been a long time since Gio  went 21-8 in 2012, his first  season in Washington.. He quickly inked his $42M extension, and has never been the same

There was a PED rumor surrounding Gio, but he never failed a test…

There’s also the curious case of Gio Gonzalez, the 27-year-old, Hialeah-native, left-handed hurler who won 21 games last year for the Washington Nationals. Gonzalez’s name appears five times in Bosch’s notebooks, including a specific note in the 2012 book reading, “Order 1.c.1 with Zinc/MIC/… and Aminorip. For Gio and charge $1,000.” (Aminorip is a muscle-building protein.)

Gonzalez’s father, Max, also appears on Bosch’s client lists and is often listed in conjunction with the pitcher. But reached by phone, the Hialeah resident insists his son has had no contact with Bosch.

“My son works very, very hard, and he’s as clean as apple pie,” the elder Gonzalez says. “I went to Tony because I needed to lose weight. A friend recommended him, and he did great work for me. But that’s it. He never met my son. Never. And if I knew he was doing these things with steroids, do you think I’d be dumb enough to go there?”

Former PED user or not, pretty much  what Rizzo has on his hands is a bust, and DC is on the books  for $12M with a team option for 2018… If Gonzalez does make a comeback in 2017, he’d be a cheap  mid rotation LHP, but if he continues to put up mediocre stats similar to his previous 4 seasons, then possibly the AL East isn’t recommended


Colon just  signed a $12.5M  contract but he’s coming off a  3.45 ERA season with the Mets.. Flipping Gio  would be selling low, depending on what  the return is..

Would CashMan look into Gonzalez if the Nats do  want to fill a roster spot with one of their kids? Taking back  all  the money would lower the prospect cost, and for just  1 year it’s a potential low risk high  reward

Best Option is to ship Ellsbury and a bunch of money to Washington for Gonzalez.. Jason Werth  is gone after 2017, Turner could move back to SS, and Ellsbury would be a $15M a yr player if the Yanks turn that $89M contract into a 4 yr $60M contract by eating $30M

Subtract  Gio’s money and the Yanks might have to  take back even less Ellsbury dough.

I’d flip Gardner and his 2 yr’s $24M for Gonzalez as a plan B, but good chance CashMan  wants prospects back for Gardner, not a 1 yr rental

Gio Gonzalez Contract Details

5 years/$42M (2012-16), plus 2017-18 options

signed extension with Washington 1/16/12
$0.5M signing bonus
12:$3.25M, 13:$6.25M, 14:$8.5M, 15:$11M, 16:$12M, 17:$12M club option ($0.5M buyout), 18:$12M club option
2018 option guaranteed with 180 IP in 2017
at signing, largest-ever deal for first-time arbitration-eligible pitcher


Written by Sal

November 14, 2016 at 8:15 am

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  1. Sal,, you didnt miss me hardly,, with Tommy Chong and Patrick Carlin i barely got on mike, but Pat Cooper and Vic DiBitetto had us wetting ourselves all show.


    November 14, 2016 at 9:12 am

    • Fantastic Donny I’ll transfer some of the photos and post them



      November 14, 2016 at 1:46 pm

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