Gonzalez, 26, had two All-Star caliber seasons under his belt, and was one of the best left-handed strikeout pitchers in baseball, but some wondered about his potential to be an elite pitcher moving into the future. While he had succeeded in 2010 and 2011 with Oakland, he had also allowed more walks than any other pitcher during that span. Some also looked at his home/away splits, and attempted to make the argument that Gonzalez couldn't pitch outside of the A's spacious home turf. Others were concerned that while Gonzalez could be a solid starter for Washington, he could never equal the potential ability of Tommy Milone, Derek Norris, Brad Peacock or A.J. Cole combined.
Fast forward to the end of May, and it's safe to say that no one in Washington is second-guessing general manager Mike Rizzo's move anymore... Read the Rest On MASN
On the flip side, Milone is 6-4 for the A's, but his other stats look very Lannan-esque, Peacock is sporting an ERA near 5.00 at AAA, Norris has a decent OPS of .847 at AAA, and Cole is having a nightmare season (0-7, 7.82 ERA, 1.842 WHIP) at Class A. It is still way too early to say none of them will ever be All Star caliber players, but if not and Gio keeps dealing, the trade will definitely have turned out in the Nats' favor.