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Gio Gonzalez | Starting Pitcher | #47

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/19/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 207
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / CWS
Contract: view contract details
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Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Nationals are telling teams they would make Gio Gonzalez available if they trade for Chris Sale.
It makes sense, as the Nationals could simply use Joe Ross as their fifth starter. Gonzalez had his $12 million option for 2017 picked up after putting up a shaky 4.57 ERA over 177 2/3 innings this past season, but the Nationals probably won't have much of an issue moving him with such a weak free agent market for starting pitchers. Dec 6 - 12:42 PM

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Nationals exercised their $12 million option on LHP Gio Gonzalez.

This wasn't an easy call for the Nats after Gonzalez posted a rough 4.57 ERA across 177 2/3 innings in 2016, but it's a weak free agent class and he does give the club some rotation insurance leading into 2017. Gonzalez is only 31 years old and registered an excellent 3.31 ERA in 187 starts between 2010-2015. Maybe there's a bounceback in him.
Nov 3 - 12:51 PM

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post hears from someone in Gio Gonzalez’s camp that they consider it a "a matter of course" that the Nationals will exercise the $12 million 2017 club option on the left-hander.

Gonzalez battled inconsistency this season while putting up a 4.57 ERA and 171/59 K/BB ratio in 177 1/3 innings over 32 starts, but he's capable of better and $12 million is a reasonable price tag in this market. It's worth noting that Gonzalez's contract includes a vesting option for 2018 if he throws 180 innings next season. However, he hasn't topped 180 innings since 2013.
Nov 2 - 12:56 PM

Gio Gonzalez lasted just 4 1/3 innings and allowed three runs but received a no-decision in Monday's 8-3 NLDS Game 3 victory over the Dodgers.

The Nationals spotted Gonzalez a 4-1 lead in the third inning, but he allowed the Dodgers to inch closer when he served up a two-run shot to Carlos Ruiz in the fifth. Manager Dusty Baker had seen enough at that point, yanking the lefty and turning to his bullpen, which delivered 4 2/3 scoreless frames. The Nats are expected to start Joe Ross on Tuesday as they look to advance to the NLCS.
Oct 10 - 8:48 PM

Gio Gonzalez proved ineffective in Wednesday's rain-shortened loss to the Diamondbacks, allowing three runs on eight hits over 3 2/3 innings.

Gonzalez was able to limit the scoring damage, but this was far from a smooth start. The veteran southpaw had already thrown 100 pitches (just 56 strikes) by the time he was relieved of duty with two outs in the fourth inning. The game would last all of 1 2/3 frames more before a lengthy weather delay eventually led the contest to be called for a 3-0 Diamondbacks win. This was Gonzalez's final start of the regular season. In 177 1/3 innings (32 starts) this year, he registered a 4.57 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 179/59 K/BB ratio.
Sep 28 - 10:46 PM

Gio Gonzalez gave up three runs in five innings Friday in a no-decision versus the Pirates.

Gonzalez didn’t have a single clean inning, though he especially labored through the first three innings. The southpaw gave up five hits in all while walking three and striking out five. It has been an up-and-down year for Gonzalez, who owns a 4.51 ERA through 31 starts. He’ll finish the regular season with a start against the Diamondbacks next week.
Sep 24 - 12:31 AM

Gio Gonzalez was knocked around in Saturday's loss to the Braves, surrendering six runs on nine hits in only 4 1/3 innings of work.

On the plus side, he did manage to punch out seven on the afternoon and didn't walk a batter. The Braves scratched out a run in the first, two more in the third then broke the game open and chased Gonzalez with three more in the fifth. Now 11-10 on the season, the southpaw will look to improve upon his 4.48 ERA and 1.30 WHIP when he takes on the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Friday.
Sep 17 - 4:36 PM

Gio Gonzalez turned in a nice performance in Sunday's win over the Phillies, surrendering one run on four hits over seven innings.

Gonzalez struck out five and walked one on the afternoon. The lone run to score on his watch came when Tommy Joseph socked a solo home run in the seventh inning. Otherwise, it was a very clean outing for the veteran southpaw. A road date with the Braves awaits him next time he toes the rubber. Gonzalez will carry a 4.27 ERA and 1.28 WHIP into that affair.
Sep 11 - 4:46 PM

Gio Gonzalez surrendered six runs over just three innings but escaped with a no-decision in Tuesday's 9-7 win over the Braves.

It was an ugly performance in a juicy matchup. The Nationals battled back to take a lead after Gonzalez gave up three runs in the first two frames, but the lefty coughed up the lead again in the fourth and manager Dusty Baker decided enough was enough. Gonzalez entered the night with a 3.00 second-half ERA, so we're expecting him to bounce back this weekend against the Phillies.
Sep 6 - 11:19 PM

Gio Gonzalez held the Phillies to just one run and two hits over six innings as the Nationals won 2-1 on Wednesday.

He struck out four and walked one in the solid outing. The one run he surrendered came on a Freddy Galvis solo shot in the fifth inning. Gonzalez now has a winning record at 10-9 with a 4.14 ERA in 27 starts. He lines up for two juicy starts next week versus the Braves and Phillies.
Aug 31 - 10:45 PM

Gio Gonzalez pitched well in Friday's victory over the Rockies, allowing two runs on four hits over his six innings of work.

The veteran southpaw racked up five strikeouts on the evening while walking one. He allowed a sacrifice fly in the second inning and an RBI double by Nick Hundley in the fourth, but was otherwise able to limit the damage against a tough Rockies lineup. Now 9-9 on the season, he'll look to further improve upon a 4.25 ERA and 1.31 WHIP when he takes on the Phillies in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
Aug 26 - 10:40 PM

Gio Gonzalez pitched decently in Sunday's no-decision against the Braves, yielding four runs (three earned) on six hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Gonzalez struck out eight and walked three on the afternoon. He was in line to pick up the win until the Nationals' bullpen blew a late 6-4 lead. The veteran southpaw will bring a 4.30 ERA and 1.33 WHIP into a home start against the Rockies next time he toes the rubber.
Aug 21 - 6:30 PM

Gio Gonzalez gave up two runs over three innings of work in a rain-shortened start against the Rockies on Tuesday.

It was a two-run home run by DJ LeMahieu that did the damage, but Gio had given up four hits in those three innings before the rain rolled in. Neither he nor Rockies starter Chad Bettis was still around after the two-hour, five-minute rain delay to factor in the decision. Gonzalez will carry a 4.28 ERA into Sunday's start at the Braves.
Aug 17 - 1:58 AM

Gio Gonzalez performed unevenly in Wednesday's win over the Indians, yielding four runs on seven hits over five innings.

Gonzalez struck out five and walked one on the afternoon. Abraham Almonte burned him for an RBI double in the second inning and he went on to surrender three more runs in the third, highlighted by a two-run home run off the bat of Francisco Lindor. No matter. The Nationals' offense teed off on Josh Tomlin for seven runs and Gonzalez improved to an amazing 70-0 in 87 career starts in which he has received four or more runs of support. He will bring a 4.24 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 127/47 K/BB ratio (133 2/3 innings) into a road date with the Rockies next time he takes to the mound.
Aug 10 - 9:16 PM

Gio Gonzalez was on top of his game on Friday, giving up one run and striking out seven batters over seven innings to beat the Giants 5-1.

He surrendered only two hits and one walk. The only damage came on a solo dinger by Angel Pagan in the fourth inning. The win improves his record to 7-9 with a 4.13 ERA. He has a solid 122/46 K/BB ratio in 128 2/3 innings.
Aug 5 - 10:06 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Jose Lobaton
3Pedro Severino
4Raudy Read
5Spencer Kieboom
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Clint Robinson
3Jose Marmolejos
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
3Corban Joseph
SS1Trea Turner
2Danny Espinosa
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Matt Skole
3Brandon Snyder
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Adam Eaton
2Michael Taylor
3Brian Goodwin
4Rafael Bautista
RF1Bryce Harper
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Joe Ross
6A.J. Cole
7Austin Voth
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shawn Kelley
2Blake Treinen
3Oliver Perez
4Sammy Solis
5Koda Glover
6Trevor Gott
7Rafael Martin
8Matt Grace
9Jimmy Cordero
10Derek Eitel
11Braulio Lara
12Dustin Antolin