Another young starting pitcher is on the move, and another boatload of prospects is the cost.
Today the Nationals traded for A’s lefty Gio Gonzalez. In return, Washington sent a package of four young players to Oakland: Right-handers A.J. Cole and Brad Peacock, left-hander Tom Milone and catcher Derek Norris.
In a strong Washington system, Peacock and Cole ranked third and fourth on Baseball America’s list of Nationals prospects, while Norris ranked ninth. Milone ranked outside of their Top 10, but he was credited with the system’s best changeup and best control, and he’s coming off a strong season split between Triple-A and the big leagues.
It’s another significant package of young players, the kind Brian Cashman has not been willing to deal in his own search for starting pitching this winter.