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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Mets miss again, Nationals will acquire P Gio Gonzalez for 4 Prospects

The Nationals will acquire LHP Gio Gonzalez from the A’s in exchange for  prospects A.J. Cole, Derek Norris, Brad Peacock and Tom Milone, according to Keith Law of ESPN.

Last week, FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal said the Mets were among at least six teams pursuing Gonzalez. However, this past weekend, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports said the Mets would not include Jon Niese, Ike Davis or any top prospects in a package to the A’s for Gonzalez.

Peacock (#3), Cole (#4) and Norris (#9) all rank among the Nationals' top ten prospects, according to Baseball America's latest rankings. Peacock emerged as "one of the most exciting power arms in the high minors" this year, BA reports. The 23-year-old posted a 2.39 ERA with 10.9 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9 in the upper minors before getting called up to the Nationals and appearing in three games.

Cole posted a 4.04 ERA with 10.9 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 in 89 innings at Class A this past season. The 2010 fourth rounder is just 19 years old and stands 6'4". Milone, 24, made his MLB debut this past season, posting a 3.81 ERA with 5.2 K/9 and 1.4 BB/9 in five starts with the Nationals. He spent most of the season at Triple-A, where he had a 3.22 ERA with 9.4 K/9 and 1.0 BB/9 in 148 1/3 innings.

Norris, 22, entered the 2011 season as the 72nd best prospect in the game, according to Baseball America. He responded by posting a .210/.367/.446 line in his first stint at Double-A, adding 20 homers and 77 walks.

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