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Birth Date9-19-1985
Height6' 0"
Weight203 lbs
Age32 years, 9 months, 29 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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2008 OAK MLB 10 7 34.0 1 4 0 32 25 34 9 .262 96 8.5 6.6 2.4 9.0 44% .250 .332 1.68 7.07 7.68 96 4.96 105.9 0.2
2009 OAK MLB 20 17 98.7 6 7 0 113 56 109 14 .259 101 10.3 5.1 1.3 9.9 47% .360 .297 1.71 4.50 5.75 85 3.75 80.4 2.0
2010 OAK MLB 33 33 200.7 15 9 0 171 92 171 15 .254 101 7.7 4.1 0.7 7.7 51% .274 .238 1.31 3.75 3.23 88 3.54 79.9 4.0
2011 OAK MLB 32 32 202.0 16 12 0 175 91 197 17 .263 95 7.8 4.1 0.8 8.8 48% .287 .249 1.32 3.67 3.12 88 3.41 79.3 3.9
2012 WAS MLB 32 32 199.3 21 8 0 149 76 207 9 .253 101 6.7 3.4 0.4 9.3 50% .267 .221 1.13 2.86 2.89 78 3.14 72.0 4.8
2013 WAS MLB 32 32 195.7 11 8 0 169 76 192 17 .252 103 7.8 3.5 0.8 8.8 45% .286 .243 1.25 3.38 3.36 84 3.27 78.3 4.0
2014 WAS MLB 27 27 158.7 10 10 0 134 56 162 10 .253 99 7.6 3.2 0.6 9.2 47% .294 .245 1.20 2.99 3.57 84 3.01 73.8 3.6
2015 WAS MLB 31 31 175.7 11 8 0 181 69 169 8 .256 97 9.3 3.5 0.4 8.7 55% .341 .265 1.42 3.07 3.79 89 4.15 97.0 1.9
2016 WAS MLB 32 32 177.3 11 11 0 179 59 171 19 .259 93 9.1 3.0 1.0 8.7 49% .316 .271 1.34 3.79 4.57 93 3.96 87.7 2.8
2017 WAS MLB 32 32 201.0 15 9 0 158 79 188 21 .260 96 7.1 3.5 0.9 8.4 48% .258 .230 1.18 3.94 2.96 95 3.81 81.0 4.0
2018 WAS MLB 19 19 101.7 6 6 0 100 48 94 10 .255 101 8.9 4.2 0.9 8.3 52% .309 .266 1.46 3.96 3.72 96 4.14 93.5 1.3

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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2004 KAN A 8 8 40.7 1 2 0 39 20 34 1 .000 8.6 4.4 0.2 7.5 0% .297 .000 1.45 3.60 3.76 0 0.00 0.0
2004 BRI Rk 7 6 24.0 1 2 0 17 8 36 0 .000 6.4 3.0 0.0 13.5 0% .327 .000 1.04 1.71 2.25 0 0.00 0.0
2005 KAN A 11 10 57.7 5 3 0 36 22 84 3 .255 83 5.6 3.4 0.5 13.1 49% .275 .195 1.01 2.33 1.87 0 0.00 0.0
2005 WNS A+ 13 13 73.3 8 3 0 61 25 79 5 .000 7.5 3.1 0.6 9.7 0% -.509 .000 1.17 3.12 3.56 0 0.00 0.0
2006 REA AA 27 27 154.0 7 12 0 140 81 166 24 .256 76 8.2 4.7 1.4 9.7 46% .258 .275 1.44 4.68 4.68 88 2.31 86.6
2007 BIR AA 27 27 150.0 9 7 0 116 57 185 10 .272 89 7.0 3.4 0.6 11.1 54% .297 .230 1.15 2.96 3.18 80 1.86 79.2
2008 OAK MLB 10 7 34.0 1 4 0 32 25 34 9 .262 96 8.5 6.6 2.4 9.0 44% .250 .332 1.68 7.07 7.68 96 4.96 105.9
2008 SAC AAA 23 22 123.0 8 7 0 106 61 128 12 .258 105 7.8 4.5 0.9 9.4 42% .293 .237 1.36 4.20 4.24 91 4.63 86.1
2009 OAK MLB 20 17 98.7 6 7 0 113 56 109 14 .259 101 10.3 5.1 1.3 9.9 47% .360 .297 1.71 4.50 5.75 85 3.75 80.4
2009 SAC AAA 12 12 61.0 4 1 0 42 34 71 5 .278 86 6.2 5.0 0.7 10.5 45% .259 .232 1.25 4.01 2.51 74 2.40 48.3
2010 OAK MLB 33 33 200.7 15 9 0 171 92 171 15 .254 101 7.7 4.1 0.7 7.7 51% .274 .238 1.31 3.75 3.23 88 3.54 79.9
2011 OAK MLB 32 32 202.0 16 12 0 175 91 197 17 .263 95 7.8 4.1 0.8 8.8 48% .287 .249 1.32 3.67 3.12 88 3.41 79.3
2012 WAS MLB 32 32 199.3 21 8 0 149 76 207 9 .253 101 6.7 3.4 0.4 9.3 50% .267 .221 1.13 2.86 2.89 78 3.14 72.0
2013 WAS MLB 32 32 195.7 11 8 0 169 76 192 17 .252 103 7.8 3.5 0.8 8.8 45% .286 .243 1.25 3.38 3.36 84 3.27 78.3
2013 USA int 1 1 5.0 1 0 0 3 0 5 0 .000 5.4 0.0 0.0 9.0 0% .231 .000 0.60 1.63 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2014 WAS MLB 27 27 158.7 10 10 0 134 56 162 10 .253 99 7.6 3.2 0.6 9.2 47% .294 .245 1.20 2.99 3.57 84 3.01 73.8
2014 POT A+ 2 2 7.7 0 0 0 9 8 9 1 .254 97 10.6 9.4 1.2 10.6 61% .364 .326 2.22 6.38 10.57 112 6.30 137.4
2015 WAS MLB 31 31 175.7 11 8 0 181 69 169 8 .256 97 9.3 3.5 0.4 8.7 55% .341 .265 1.42 3.07 3.79 89 4.15 97.0
2016 WAS MLB 32 32 177.3 11 11 0 179 59 171 19 .259 93 9.1 3.0 1.0 8.7 49% .316 .271 1.34 3.79 4.57 93 3.96 87.7
2017 WAS MLB 32 32 201.0 15 9 0 158 79 188 21 .260 96 7.1 3.5 0.9 8.4 48% .258 .230 1.18 3.94 2.96 95 3.81 81.0
2018 WAS MLB 19 19 101.7 6 6 0 100 48 94 10 .255 101 8.9 4.2 0.9 8.3 52% .309 .266 1.46 3.96 3.72 96 4.14 93.5

Plate Discipline

2008 703 0.4538 0.3684 0.7876 0.5392 0.2266 0.8779 0.6092 0.2124
2009 1802 0.4911 0.4151 0.7433 0.5706 0.2650 0.8396 0.5432 0.2567
2010 3340 0.5021 0.4174 0.7805 0.5671 0.2664 0.8675 0.5937 0.2195
2011 3472 0.4672 0.4165 0.7469 0.5777 0.2751 0.8303 0.5933 0.2531
2012 3186 0.4570 0.4272 0.7553 0.6099 0.2734 0.8300 0.6152 0.2447
2013 3307 0.4738 0.4421 0.7668 0.6222 0.2799 0.8328 0.6345 0.2332
2014 2613 0.4761 0.4546 0.7348 0.6342 0.2915 0.8238 0.5589 0.2652
2015 2955 0.4379 0.4403 0.7633 0.6136 0.3052 0.8476 0.6312 0.2367
2016 3100 0.4342 0.4323 0.7642 0.6159 0.2913 0.8552 0.6164 0.2358
2017 3367 0.4402 0.4128 0.7741 0.5796 0.2817 0.8591 0.6365 0.2259
2018 1723 0.4179 0.4196 0.7607 0.5958 0.2931 0.8345 0.6531 0.2393

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-05-18 2014-06-18 15-DL 31 27 Left Shoulder Inflammation - -
2014-04-24 2014-04-29 DTD 5 4 Left Shoulder Soreness - -
2011-05-27 2011-05-27 DTD 0 0 Left Ankle Sprain Fielding -
2009-03-13 2009-04-02 Camp 20 0 Right Shoulder Stiffness -
2009-03-08 2009-03-12 Camp 4 0 General Medical Illness -


Year Team Salary
2018 WAS $12,000,000
2017 WAS $12,000,000
2016 WAS $12,100,000
2015 WAS $11,100,000
2014 WAS $8,600,000
2013 WAS $6,350,000
2012 WAS $3,350,000
2011 OAK $420,000
2010 OAK $405,000
8 yrPrevious$54,325,000
9 yrPvs + Cur$66,325,000
9 yrTotal$66,325,000


Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 162 dBoras Corp.5 years/$42M (2012-16), options

  • 5 years/$42M (2012-16), plus 2017-18 options. Signed extension with Washington 1/16/12. $0.5M signing bonus. 12:$3.25M, 13:$6.25M, 14:$8.5M, 15:$11M, 16:$12M, 17:$12M club option, $0.5M buyout. 18:$12M club option (guaranteed with 180 IP in 2017). At signing, largest-ever contract for first-time arbitration-eligible pitcher. Washington exercised 2017 option 11/3/16. Met innings threshold guaranteeing 2018 option 9/12/17.
  • 1 year/$0.42M (2011). Re-signed by Oakland 3/11. Acquired by Washington in trade from Oakland 12/22/11.
  • 1 year/$0.405M (2010). Re-signed by Oakland 3/8/10.
  • 1 year/$0.405M (2009). Re-signed by Oakland 2/26/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Acquired in trade from Chicago White Sox 1/4/08. Contract purchased by Oakland 8/6/08.
  • Acquired by Chicago White Sox in trade from Philadelphia 12/06 (player to be named later in Freddy Garcia deal).
  • Acquired by Philadelphia in trade from Chicago White Sox 12/05 (player to be named later in Jim Thome deal).
  • Drafted by Chicago White Sox 2004 (1s-38) (Monsignor Pace HS, Miami). $0.85M signing bonus.

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10 vs L (Multi) .241 .299 .335 .232
11 vs R (Multi) .259 .330 .396 .271
18 Split (Multi) -.019 -.031 -.061 -.039
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.020 -.022 -.064 -.025
30 vs L (2016) .241 .302 .331 .229
31 vs R (2016) .267 .333 .423 .282
38 Split (2016) -.026 -.031 -.092 -.054
39 LgAvg (2016) -.022 -.023 -.071 -.028

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2018-02-06 15:00:00 (link to chat)After selling at the deadline last season, I have a lot of keeper options to sort through. I am in a standard 12-team mixed-league 5x5 roto league with a $260 budget, but we use OBP instead of AVG and SV + 1/2 H instead of just saves. We can keep 5 MLB players; the first year without a price increase, in subsequent years price goes up $10 each year. We can also keep one minor leaguer (I have both Mejia and Acuna and could burn an MLB slot on one of them if I want) I have the following possible keepers: Nomar Mazara $11 Justin Turner $9 Gio Gonzalez $4 Jerad Eickhoff $2 Jon Gray $2 Julio Teheran $2 Orlando Arcia $2 Joey Gallo $1 Rafael Devers $1 Rhys Hoskins $1 Travis Shaw $1 Francisco Mejia $1 Ronald Acuna $1 Which 6 would you keep?
(bmmcmahon from Los Angeles)
As much as I think he's the safest bet here, I'm tempted to throw back Turner just based the on the savings and your quantity of $1 options. I'll say Turner, Gallo, Devers, Hoskins, Shaw, Acuna, but I wouldn't blame you for saving the money on Turner and keeping Gray instead. (Darius Austin)
2017-10-12 20:00:00 (link to chat)Please grade all the Gio Gonzalez's trades
(K. Williams from Chicago, IL)
The first one, where the White Sox got Jim Thome, was fantastic! Tough to give up Rowand and Gio but hey, Jim.

And then they got Gio back for Freddy Garcia who was fairly cooked at that point--nice work! Especially with Gavin Floyd too.

Heck, even trading him with De Los Santos and Sweeney for Swisher wasn't the woooooorst idea. It became the worst idea ever when Swisher was traded for a pile of old TV guides though. What were you doing, Kenneth? (Nick Schaefer)
2017-10-12 20:00:00 (link to chat)Would Gio Gonzalez be cooler, less cool, or the same amount of cool if he went by Giovany?
(cowhitchurch from Austin TX)
I struggle with converting names /words from other languages into English. Do you do native pronunciation or adapt it? I took two semesters of Italian and "Gio" should basically be pronounced "Joe" not "Gee-oh." So either way I'll be annoyed but not confident about it. (Nick Schaefer)
2017-10-12 20:00:00 (link to chat)Go back for us and analyze both times the White Sox traded Gio Gonzalez.
(cowhitchurch from Austin, TX)
They would've been better off just keeping Ryan Sweeney let alone Gio. (Nick Schaefer)
2017-10-12 20:00:00 (link to chat)If the 2003 Tigers played the 1962 Mets who would win? And would Hiram Bocachica be the MVP?
(Ramy O from PureMI)
Are you sure you're Pure Michigan with this Dmitri Young shade?

For all that we were bagging on Baker earlier for leaving Gio Gonzalez in, Maddon has dodged some ridiculous bullets with Hendricks going this far. Scherzer in. (Nick Schaefer)
2016-07-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see Nats trading Gio Gonzalez to a team that needs starting pitching?? He could be an upgrade to teams like, let's say, the Orioles
(T-Bone from Odenton, MD)
Maybe? The Nats would need to be assured that they can plug someone like Giolito into the rotation for the duration of the stretch. But even then, Gio hasn't exactly been great this year, and while a team could hope for a post-trade rebound, I wouldn't be too keen to make that move. Also, Gio's giving up more homers this year, so a move to Camden Yards wouldn't exactly be good for him. (Nicolas Stellini)
2016-03-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kodi Medeiros, why is he so frustrating?
(Jake from Green Bay)
Because he has such a complex delivery it is hard to repeat. He gets under the ball a ton, and his command and control show that. He might have more movement on his fastball than like--almost anyone in the minors--and sometimes that can be hard to keep going in one direction.

There's some Gio Gonzalez to this guy. Really tough angle, but he'll always be wild-ish, I think. (Adam McInturff)
2015-10-19 19:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rank these comeback kids: Gio Gonzalez, Verlander, samardizja, Cobb?
(Basil from Twmple)
Verlander already had a solid year if you go by our DRA metric and the velocity was higher Post All Star so I'd rank him highest. Gio is second just because he's in the NL and gets the advantage of facing the pitcher and facing the weak NL East lineups. Cobb ranks ahead of Shark if he's healthy out of the gate but that's obviously an open question right now. (Tout Wars Champ Mike Gianella)
2015-04-29 20:00:00 (link to chat)Traded Abreu preseason for Donaldson, Alex Wood, and Eduardo Rodiguez. Then I sent Donaldson for Longoria, Gio Gonzalez, Leonys Martin, and Bradley Zimmer. So basically turned Abreu into Wood, E-Rod, Longoria, Gio, Martin, and Zimmer. Smart move, or would you rather take quality over quantity here?
(Alex from Palm Springs)
Impossible to answer without knowing how deep the league is. If it's relatively shallow, I'd take Abreu. If it's deep, and you had lots of holes on your roster, it's pretty good diversification of resources. (Bret Sayre)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Gio Gonzalez a good buy low target?
(Anthony from Dallas)
I think so. I don't see something that's wrong with him long term. (Craig Goldstein)
2013-11-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Shark & Castro - if & what can they bring in return to the Cubs?
(Mike from Chi-town)
Hate it when I click on a question before I realize just how complicated an answer would be.

With Castro, there are guys who are change-of-scenery candidates and there are guys who, with just a little twist of the knob, are instead cast as headaches. I think headache is almost always the right way to think of it. Not that players who have had issues with coaching or motivation are irredeemable, but problems tend to travel. I'd take Castro for six years and $48 million, but I wouldn't be dying to.

I like Samardzija a lot. I don't think there's a huge difference between him and where Gio Gonzalez was when Gio was traded. Service time was a big difference, though. I'd think a lower-100 prospect, an on-the-rise, and a Factor on the Farm for him. (Sam Miller)
2013-08-05 14:00:00 (link to chat)Rumored names that weren't suspended. Were we talking about All-star level players or more replacement level players?
(Slough from Seattle)
I'm not going there. There were names talked of, notably Gio Gonzalez and at one point Robinson Cano, but those were unfounded. (Maury Brown About Biogenesis and Business)
2013-08-05 14:00:00 (link to chat)There is speculation in the Detroit media that the Tigers won't take Peralta back, despite the obvious boost he gives them at shortstop, because of "image" concerns. I think that, if they don't play him and lose at any point, their image is tarnished forever. The Giants got to the WS because of a huge contribution from Melky. What do you think?
(Tigerdog from Orange county CA)
Well, they did trade for Iglalasis.

Tigerdog, hijacking your question to run this. It's official:

Major League Baseball issued the following discipline today for violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program in relation to the Biogenesis investigation. Players receiving 50-game suspensions without pay for their violations of the Program are:

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Antonio Bastardo;
San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera;
New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli;
Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz;
Padres pitcher Fautino De Los Santos, who is currently on the roster of the Double-A San Antonio Missions of the Texas League;
Houston Astros pitcher Sergio Escalona, who is currently of the roster of the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks of the Texas League;
Yankees outfielder Fernando Martinez, who is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the International League;
Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero, who is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League;
Free agent pitcher Jordan Norberto;
Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta;
New York Mets outfielder Cesar Puello, who is currently on the roster of the Double-A Binghamton Mets of the Eastern League; and
Mets infielder/outfielder Jordany Valdespin, who is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League.

Norberto's suspension will be effective immediately once he signs with another Major League organization. All other suspensions are effective immediately. None of the players will appeal their discipline.
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera, Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon and Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal, all of whom already have served 50-game suspensions as a result of their violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program stemming from their connections to Biogenesis, will not receive additional discipline.
Major League Baseball's investigation found no violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by either Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez or Baltimore Orioles infielder Danny Valencia.

The Detroit Tigers today issued the following statement regarding the suspension of Jhonny Peralta:

"We recognize the suspension of Jhonny Peralta for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program as a measure taken in the best interest of the game. The Detroit Tigers continue to fully support Major League Baseball's policy and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing drugs from our game. Per the protocol outline by Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement, the Tigers' organization will provide no further comment on Peralta's suspension."

"In spring of 2012, I made a terrible mistake that I deeply regret. I apologize to everyone that I have hurt as a result of my mistake, including my teammates, the Tigers' organization, the great fans in Detroit, Major League Baseball, and my family. I take full responsibility for my actions, have no excuses for my lapse in judgment and I accept my suspension.
I love the fans, my teammates and this organization and my greatest punishment is knowing that I have let so many good people down. I promise to do everything possible to try and earn back the respect that I have lost." (Maury Brown About Biogenesis and Business)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Erasmo have the ability to be a top 40 SP once he's up?
(Tony from Work)
At his BEST, sure. But I wouldn't bet on that right away. Gio Gonzalez is 40th on ESPN's player rater right now. (Paul Sporer)
2013-05-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)According to PitchFX, Gio Gonzalez averaged 94.08 mph on his 4 seamer and 93.37 on his 2 seamer in 2012. This year he's down to 93.45 and 92.81, respectively. Last start was more of the same. 2012 was his highest average velocity and his best year. Is the dip cause for concern? Maybe a sign that he just had an exceptional year last year?
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
Velocity decline question number 1 of n. Gio is 27 or so now, and the fact his velocity increased the last few years, up until this one, is more interesting. Every pitcher loses his speed at some point. 27 seems to be pretty good for the first sign of decline, lots of guys start losing velocity after high school (Tim Lincecum pops into mind). So, I think you're "exceptional year" answer is the best fit and I certainly wouldn't be concerned. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-04-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you make of the early season performances by Matt Cain, Gio Gonzalez, and Dan Haren?
(Garcia from Ft. Worth)
Haren worries me the most of the three because some of it had already been documented heading into the season. Maybe it's just confirmation bias that I didn't expect him to be good and I expected the others to, but even with what seems to be a small return of his velocity, I'm concerned because of recent body of work. (Zachary Levine)
2013-03-20 11:00:00 (link to chat)I have been going back and forth in determining who I should keep as my third keeper to go along with Trout and Stanton. My options are- Cargo,Hanley,Darvish,Kinsler,Bumgarner,Longoria,Cespedes or Gio Gonzalez? I know Cargo is probably the obvious choice but I really dont think I should go in with keeping three outfielders.. although I'm seriously thinking I just may. Any helpful advice or suggestions?
(Thor from Chi-town)
Keep CarGo. Keeper lists are not the time/place to worry about balance, just keep your best players. Certainly it's tough to drop Hanley, Kinsler and Longoria under these circumstances, but just try to draft them back! (Cory Schwartz)
2013-02-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Why is PECOTA so down on Gio Gonzalez? It doesn't seem to give him credit for any improvements in his underlying numbers last year or his move to the NL?
(JR from New Hampshire)
It's difficult to pinpoint PECOTA's exact concerns, JR, but someone like Colin Wyers might be able to offer a better explanation. From a quick glance at his projections, it seems that PECOTA just isn't buying the breakout (though it does still like him as a 2.3 WARP contributor), which came on the heels of two rather similar seasons. If Gio can prove PECOTA wrong and sustain the improved control, I think you'll see a much rosier projection for 2014. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-08-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)If the Astros were to deal Bud Norris in the off-season, what kind of return might they realistically get? Less than for Gio Gonzalez and Mat Latos, but he's also young, controllable, affordable and has good stuff.
(Ashitaka1110 from Houston, TX)
I don't know. In the past three years, he has thrown 465 innings, 2.3 Ks/BB, 1.2 HR/9, 9 Ks/9. In the three seasons before Garza was traded, he had thrown 595 innings, 2.3 Ks/BB, 1.1 HRs/9. And Norris is the same age Garza was. So will teams look at Norris and see that comparison? Or will they see lack of durability, an ERA+ that would make Barry Zito shake his head, and stagnation? I'd guess a little more of the latter, unfortunately for Houston. (Sam Miller)
2012-06-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you explain to me why Gio Gonzalez has an 18.5 VORP on the Nats audit page? I get why Strasburg is considered the team's "top offensive performer by VORP - he is hitting .350/.381/.650. But Gio's at .095/.091/.143 in 27 PAs. This can't just be a relative to other pitchers thing - Jordan Zimmerman is hitting .318/.348/.500 in 25 PAs and his VORP is only 10.4. What gives?
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
I can't. I've never checked the audit page. Sorry about that. The only stats I care about are Martin Kove's measurements. (Jason Parks)
2012-03-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)What frontline starter that changed teams this year do you think will most impress his new team? Most depress them?
(Mark Fidrych from The Nest)
Impress: Pineda. I think we're ignoring that he entered last season with 25 starts above A-ball and fared well in the majors.

Depress: I still worry about what the Rangers know (or don't know) regarding C.J. Wilson. If Trevor Cahill or Gio Gonzalez count I could see their teams being a little disappointed too. Oh, and Jonathan Sanchez. But I don't think anyone actually thinks of him as a frontline starter. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-01-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)I was in Politics and Prose this weekend (ok I was in the pizza joint down the block) and was wondering if you guys would be making it down there again soon. Also, do you see the Nats rotation of Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez being one of the top in the league in the next few years?
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
We will definitely be there in March, and I know many of us are looking forward to it. As for the Nats' top three, it's an impressive bunch and I'd like to think they will be (or are) among the top in the league right now, but with pitchers it's always good to hedge your bets a little. (Steven Goldman)
2011-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)I understand that the Nats are talking to the A's about a potential 4-for-1 deal for Gio Gonzalez. What would be a fair package for the Nats to pay? What kind of package would be too much for them to pay? Do you think Gio would be enough for the Nats to contend this year? +1/2St.
(HalfStreet from Fairfax VA)
It's always hard to do the math on these in 30 seconds, so I may say something stupid. But PECOTA has Gio producing 3.7 WARP in 2012, so if we think he can hold that he'll be a 15-WARP player over the next four years, and be paid something like $25 million total. So, super valuable. Maybe Norris+Cole+Desmond or Storen? I don't know, that might be light, but it's a guess.

It's possible Gio gets the Nats there in 2012, but 25 games is a ton of games to make up. Really, their window is 2013-2016, unless they also sign Fielder this winter. I think they'll wait a year, consolidate a bit, bump payroll way up and be the next offseason's Marlins. (Sam Miller)
2011-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is there any way for the Nationals to acquire Gio Gonzalez without dealing Jordan Zimmerman or Anthony Rendon?
(Mikell from Chicago)
They can't trade Rendon, at least not yet. (Sam Miller)
2011-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Word is out that Roy Oswalt will now settle for a one-year contract, instead of the 3-year deal he originally sought. If you are right about the Nats' window of contention really starting in 2013, might Oswalt for a year and an option be better than spending the farm on Gio Gonzalez?
(HalfStreet from Fairfax VA)
Speed round, then? Speed round.

A lot of teams have more incentive to sign Oswalt to that deal than the Nationals do right now, so a lot of teams would probably pay him more. The Nationals should just relax and be patient, I guess. Or get Fielder and Oswalt now and then trade for Gio, because who knows, maybe we'll all die by 2013 anyway. (Sam Miller)
2011-05-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Gio Gonzalez has turned a corner and become an elite SP?
(Bruce from toronto)
I don't feel comfortable saying he is elite just yet, but above average? Yes. (R.J. Anderson)
2011-05-04 19:00:00 (link to chat)This year and Long term, who do you like most of the A's young starters?
(Bryan from LA)
In both cases, Gio Gonzalez with Cahill right behind him. BIG fan. (Jason Collette (note time))
2011-03-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Rank these guys 2011 fantasy season's: Marcum, Jonathan Sanchez, Gio Gonzalez, Ricky Romero?
(Tony from Albuquerque)
How did Marcum get in that list? I think he's the best of them, but he's the soft-throwing righty and the other three are wild southpaws. Gonzalez, Sanchez, Romero afterwards. (Jeremy Greenhouse)
2011-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)How do you see Gio Gonzalez playing out this year?
(Tony from Albuquerque)
I've always been pretty optimistic about him. It's been about gaining maturity, and I think he has a chance to put it all together this year. FWIW, PECOTA agrees with me. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-09-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Gio Gonzalez's ERA if he were pitching in Baltimore?
(Daniel from Oakland)
I wrote this article earlier in the year about Gio Gonzalez and Charlie Morton, to say that in a lot of ways they were very, very similar, and context was the key to both of their seasons to that point. Morton went on the DL the next day though so it was scrapped, but I should revisit that this winter, yeah?

Gonzalez is a solid pitcher, but he has benefited big time from that park and the D in Oakland. I would say 4.30 maybe, in Baltimore? He's better than that, but maybe Baltimore isn't. (Marc Normandin)
2010-07-29 16:30:00 (link to chat)I don't have any illusions that the A's are anything but pretenders this season. But with Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez taking steps forward and assuming a healthy Brett Anderson, what do the A's need to do this offseason to have a shot at the playoffs in 2011?
(Dave from Chicago)
The A's probably aren't going to be big spenders, so for them, it's really a matter of adding value. Getting someone like Ben Sheets clearly didn't work, but smart risks are obviously something the A's need to be good at to succeed. They have a lot of young talent, so most of their success is going to hinge on those players improving. (Matt Swartz)
2010-03-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)How do you think the A's should round out their rotation between Trevor Cahill, Gio Gonzalez, Vin Mazzaro, and Clay Mortensen (long shot, I know)?
(Dave from Chicago)
I don't pretend to know more than the A's about their own pitchers. Obviously Sheets will mix in there. I think the interesting thing will be how they apportion the innings. Do they put some of those starters in the pen? Do they set up a Sacramento shuttle? There's a certain number of innings that you want from your starters - let's say its 972 (6 innings per for 162 games). How do you get the BEST outcomes in the most number of those innings? (Will Carroll)
2010-01-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is this a make or break year for Gio Gonzalez?
(dwiest12 from NoVA)
Given that, with the Sheets signing, the odds that he'll be spending a good chunk of the early going in Sacramento just became that much greater, I certainly don't think so. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-05-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's holding Gio Gonzalez back? I know Keith Law has never been a big fan, but everyone else seemed to be pretty high on him. What's the deal?
(Dave from Chicago)
I think the problem with Gonzalez is sort of an issue you might compare to the dilemma with tweener outfielders, where you know he's too good to just be the next situational lefty, but he's also not someone gifted with the kind of put-away pitches in his assortment that makes it easy to say you want to give him a rotation slot and watch him take a few hammerings at the hands of big-league lineups. A lefty with a plus curve and sporadically interesting velocity on his heat is a lefty who needs to get consistent with that fastball before he's going to stick as a starter. If it takes a few years to see if he can, that's OK, but if he can't, I'd expect the breaking stuff and his relatively smooth mechanics to get him a money-making career in relief work deep into his 30s. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-09-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)I know Gio Gonzalez is only 22, but shouldn't we see something from him?? He hasn't looked very good.
(Drew W from NoVa)
Bumpy starts to a career--especially on a team with some pretty significant defensive issues--should come as a surprise. I don't think he's going to be the new Dana Allison. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-07-29 16:00:00 (link to chat)After apparently coming into his own, Gio Gonzalez just took another step back recently with yet another poor AAA performance. Gio Gonzalez = Oliver Perez? Hard-throwing erratic lefties who can either be lights out out any given day or chalk up a 2/3 of an inning 7 runs line just as easily.
(dtrainmets from NYC)
Not the worst comparison on the surface, but Gonzalez has that cosmic bender and I've never heard attitude issues. Perez was a terror when he was in Indy, not disruptive, but just didn't care. (Will Carroll)
2008-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)In your Ten Pack today, you noted that Gio Gonzalez has either been very good or very bad in his outings. This raises an interesting question. Most baseball statistics measure central tendency; why haven't sabermetricians incorporated some measure of variance into their thinking about baseball players?
(Dan D. from Medford, MA)
This is an excellent question, and one I am totally not qualified to answer -- I'm hoping one of the many people that ARE qualified to do so will see it. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-05-05 12:30:00 (link to chat)Bryan: James Simmons is ahead of Gio Gonzalez? Based on your comment about de los Santos, does this mean the A's got next to nothing for Swisher?
(oira61 from San Francisco)
Uh oh, I feel like what I wrote got contorted a bit. I certainly didn't mean to imply ... that. My comment about de los Santos was that he shouldn't be clumped below Brett Anderson because of a bad month. Simmons and Gio are probably on equal timetables to help the Majors. I know KG saw and heard great reports concerning Gio in Spring Training, so I'm not closing any doors. I think they got good value for Swisher, it's just going to take some time. (Bryan Smith)
2008-03-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which pitcher will be brought up from AAA first Kershaw, Price, Gio Gonzalez, or Cueto (if he spends anytime in the minors at all)?
(Brandon from Boston)
I'd guess Cueto will make the team and that Kershaw will be up in June or so. Gonzalez seems more the type that will come up in case of injury and Price is, I think, a September guy. (Will Carroll)
2008-03-17 12:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Mike, here's a question that appears to be growing more and more relevant: of the following up-and-coming SPs, can you rank them in terms of value they will provide to a fantasy team THIS YEAR assuming they all get spots in the rotation? The SPs are Manny Parra, Edinson Volquez, Johnny Cueto, Ian Kennedy, Gio Gonzalez and Jonathan Sanchez. This should be relevant to most fantasy players looking to make a great WW pickup early in the season.
(The Grinch from Whoville)
I guess you were one of the millions to go see see Horton hears a Who huh?

Parra is making the Brewers make a tough decision but may not make the club at first. Volquez has a lot to prove. Cueto and Kennedy are arms that the Reds and yanks absolutely love and right now they are my top two of this list. I can't see Gio not being a member of the rotation this year at some point but when is up to a few factors and Sanchez like parra is nice sleeper with high upside. Solid list of names. (Mike Siano)
2008-03-17 12:00:00 (link to chat)Trying to find a last-round pitcher to add to my bench. Should I go safe (Scott Baker), daring (Gio Gonzalez) or somewhere in between (VandenHurk, Duchscherer)?
(euqubud from Seattle, WA)
dont mind baker or gio but baker first due to safety. he is after all the twins "ace". (Mike Siano)
2008-03-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think comes up first, Gio Gonzalez or Johnny Cueto, and which do you think has the better chance of having success for this year?
(Momar from USA)
Gonzalez, I think, just because the A's rotation is a little more unsettled, and he's more or less considered a medium-risk, medium-reward guy who should be ready relatively soon. Gonzalez is a good example of a prospect you might grab late in a fantasy draft with an eye toward actually getting something out of him in the second half of 2008. (Nate Silver)
2008-01-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Great work as always Christina...Something that hasn't really been discussed with all the A's trades is: Can an org. really sift throgh all the prospects given the fact that most prospects need some time at the MLB level to settle in? IOW, the first slumps that CarGo or Gio experience isn't it easier to just bring up Cunningham or Eveland or whatever rather than let the "first" guys play through the rough.
(hrwest from Marina Del Rey)
That's always the challenge, though, from an organizational management perspective--how do you create the circumstances for success for any one and all of your players? CarGo has the virtue of being one of the team's very few options in center; I suspect if somebody's going to bounce around, it'll be one of the pitchers. OTOH, I wouldn't necessarily put Eveland behind Gio Gonzalez--the hefty lefty's as ready as he'll ever be, while I'd like to see Gonzalez spend some time in Sacto showing that last season's gains in Double-A have stuck. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kevin, how about an Oakland A's top 11 Redux Redux following the Swisher trade? Where would Gio Gonzalez rank? Does this deal change your opinion as to his potential to make a big league impact over the next 2 to 3 years?
(Dan from CT)
Ok! How about a Redux for every American League team that has made moves to effect their rankings? You'll see that tommorow! 2008 and I'm ahead of the game! (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do the A's give Gio Gonzalez a shot at a rotation spot in ST, or will they want to look at him at AAA for the first half before bringing him up?
(Dan from CT)
They're rebuilding, they're not in a hurry, so no need to rush him. He's Triple-A bound. (Kevin Goldstein)

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