Pitcher Gio Gonzalez cashes in

Gio Gonzalez agreed to a $42 million, five-year contract with the Washington Nationals on Sunday, just three weeks after the left-hander was acquired in a trade with the Oakland Athletics. The deal includes options for two more years. It was the largest guaranteed contract for a pitcher eligible for arbitration for the first time. “Gio’s ample talents are well known and chronicled,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said through a team spokesman. “Today’s extension was about comfort for both parties. From our end, the two option years and team control were imperative to the extended commitment.” Gonzalez (pictured), who made $420,000 last season, is 38-32 with a 3.93 ERA in 95 games over four seasons, all with Oakland. – Associated Press


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