A's deal Gonzalez to Nats for four prospects

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A's deal Gonzalez to Nats for four prospects

The A's have traded left-hander Gio Gonzalez to the Washington Nationals, according to a number of media reports.

Neither club has made the deal official, but by a variety of accounts the A's will receive pitchers Brad Peacock, A.J. Cole and Tommy Milone, along with catcher Derek Norris. CBSSports.com reported that the A's included right-handed minor-league pitcher Robert Gilliam in the deal.

San Francisco Chronicle A's beat writer Susan Slusser confirmed the deal at 1:20 p.m. ESPN's Keith Law was first to report the trade.

Earlier this month Oakland traded starting pitcher Trevor Cahill to Arizona. With the departures of two starters, the A's 2012 rotation candidates are Guillermo Moscoso, Brandon McCarthy, Tyson Ross, Dallas Braden and Brett Anderson.

Peacock and Cole are the Nationals' top pitching prospects, ranked third and fourth overall in their organization by Baseball America (behind only Bryce Harper and 2011 first-round pick Anthony Rendon).

Peacock was drafted by Washington in the 41st round of the 2006 draft. Baseball America rated him the 42nd best prospect during the 2011 season. He represented the Nationals at the 2011 All-Star Futures Game and made his major league debut on September 6, 2011.

Cole, a 6-foot-5 right-hander, was taken 119th overall (the first pick of the fourth round) in the 2010 draft out of Oviedo High School in Florida. As a senior, Cole posted a 6-0 record, 0.93 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 60.33 innings of work. He posted a 4-7 mark with the Class A Hagerstown Suns this year, recording 109 strikeouts n 89 innings.

Milone was drafted by the Nationals in the 10th round of the 2008 draft out of USC. He made his big league debut against the Mets on Sept. 3, 2011 and struck out new Giants outfielder Angel Pagan for his first career strikeout. Milone hit a three-run home run on the first pitch of his first Major League at bat, becoming the 27th player in major league history to do so.

Norris was selected with the 130th pick in the 2007 amateur draft. He was named to the 2007 Louisville Slugger All-American team.

Gonzalez went 16-12 with a 3.12 ERA in 2011. This is his first year of arbitration eligibility.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's first road sweep of 2017

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's first road sweep of 2017

BOX SCORE

The A’s sprung to life offensively in the late innings Sunday and polished off their first road sweep of 2017.

They scored all five of their runs over the final three innings to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3, continuing an odd stretch of streakiness. The A’s swept the New York Yankees in four at the Coliseum, then turned around and dropped four in a row to the Houston Astros before arriving in Chicago and taking all three from the Sox. It’s their first sweep on the road since they won four in Kansas City from Sept. 12-15 of last season.

The weekend’s events provided a morale boost for a team that began the series an American League-worst 9-25 away from home. The sweep also featured numerous contributions from a pack of recently promoted young players fresh from the minors.

The A’s had no answer for left-hander Derek Holland through six-plus innings, mustering just four hits off the veteran. But trailing 2-0, they got on the board with Jed Lowrie’s pinch-hit RBI double in the seventh. The next inning, Khris Davis singled home the tying run and Yonder Alonso followed with a go-ahead single down the left-field line to put the A’s up 3-2.

They tacked on two insurance runs in the ninth on back-to-back homers from Adam Rosales and Matt Joyce.

Sonny rebounds: Sonny Gray (3-3) avoided the early trouble that plagued his last start, working seven innings and being rewarded with a victory thanks to the A’s eighth-inning rally. He struck out seven and walked just one. That was a key as Gray had issued seven free passes combined in his previous two starts. Adam Engel hit a 2-1 fastball for a homer in the third, then Jose Abreu scored on a passed ball in the fourth to give Chicago a 2-0 lead. But Gray held the Sox to just four hits over his seven innings.

Sign of things to come? Franklin Barreto got a look as the No. 2 hitter in the order Sunday, a spot that some scouts feel he’ll be well suited for as his career unfolds. He singled to the opposite field in his first at-bat, then struck out looking in his next two trips to the plate. In the eighth, his broken-bat single to left jumpstarted Oakland’s two-run go-ahead rally. Barreto is 4-for-10 in his first two games with the big club.

Joyce provides a lift off the bench: Joyce entered as a pinch runner in the seventh and connected for his 10th homer, right after Rosales had gone deep himself. Joyce became the fourth Athletic to crack double figures in homers, and the A’s improved to 31-26 when they hit at least one home run (they’re 3-16 when they don’t).

Doo does it again: Lefty reliever Sean Doolittle continued to deal since coming off the disabled list. He threw a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts and has allowed just one hit over five innings in six appearances since his return.

An unwanted milestone: The Sox scored their second run on a passed ball by Josh Phegley, which accounted for Oakland’s 50th unearned run, most in the majors. They had just 43 unearned runs all of last season.

Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt claimed by NL Central team

Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt claimed by NL Central team

A new team believes in Stephen Vogt.

The former A's catcher, who was designated for assignment on Thursday, was claimed by the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

The A's announced the transaction shortly before their game against the White Sox.

News of the Brewers making the waiver claim was first reported by ESPN.

The Brewers were the only team to place a waiver claim on Vogt, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

Vogt, a clubhouse leader and one of the longest tenured A's, hit just .217 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 54 games this season.