The Nationals are the latest team to hop aboard the Gio Gonzalez trade rumor train, according to a report from Fox Sports. Washington has been aggressively pursuing the A's left-hander as they look to improve upon their young staff, anchored by right-handers Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann.
Gonzalez, 26, won 16 games in 32 starts for the A's last season, posting a 3.12 ERA and 197 strikeouts.
Gonzalez is one of the top pitchers still on the market, and the Red Sox, Rangers and Marlins are among the other teams interested in pursuing Gonzalez. Although the Rangers are currently after Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish, while the Marlins just inked Mark Buehrle to a four-year, 58-million contract. Roy Oswalt is the only Type-A free agent starting pitcher still unsigned, and Edwin Jackson and Hiroki Kuroda -- both righties -- are the only two Type-B free agents remaining. After missing out on lefty Buehrle, who passed on Washington to sign with Miami -- the Nationals' interest in Gonzalez intensified.
In order to land Gonzalez, though, Washington would have to be willing to part with at least one of their young starting pitchers. Fox Sports indicated righty Brad Peacock or lefty Ross Detwiler as potential targets.
Jemile Weeks is the only player the A's said they wouldn't entertain trade offers for this offseason, and they have stayed true to their word; they traded young ace Trevor Cahill -- for three prospects -- to the Diamondbacks earlier this month and there have been multiple teams linked to young closer Andrew Bailey.
The A's are bent on relocating to the South Bay, and seem to be stockpiling young prospects like never before, despite not yet receiving a decision from MLB on whether or not they will be able to move to land the San Francisco Giants have territorial rights over.
The A's traded veteran center fielder Rajai Davis to the Red Sox on Wednesday afternoon, clearing yet another veteran from their roster.
In return they receive 18-year-old outfielder Rafael Rincones, a Venezuela native currently playing in the Dominican Summer League.
The move doesn't come as a shock in the grand scheme of things. Davis, 36, is signed only through this season and didn't fit in the plans of Oakland's current youth movement. He did, however, have to clear waivers before this move could happen. And he joins Yonder Alonso as the second veteran the A's have shipped off after the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
The move opens up the possibility of Chad Pinder getting some playing time in center field against left-handers, as manager Bob Melvin has said he'd like to get Pinder some starts out there.
With recently promoted Boog Powell playing well in center, there's the chance he could draw some starts against lefties too, so it may not be a straight platoon. Pinder also sees playing time in right field, shortstop and second base.
Rajai Davis' second tenure with the A's is up.
Davis has been traded to the Red Sox for 18-year-old minor league outfielder Rafael Roncones.
The teams announced the trade shortly after the A's lost to the Orioles in Baltimore on Wednesday.
News of the pending deal was first reported by CSN New England.
Rincones has spent the 2017 season with the Red Sox affiliate in the Domincan Summer League. In 57 games, he's hitting .258 with 13 doubles, three triples, one homer and 19 RBI.
Boston are in need of an outfielder after placing Jackie Bradley Jr. on the disabled list with a thumb injury.
Davis signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the A's in the offseason. In 100 games this season, the 36-year-old is hitting .233/.294/.353 with 17 doubles, two triples, five home runs, 18 RBI and 26 stolen bases.
Boston will be Davis' seventh team. In addition to the A's, he has suited up for the Blue Jays, Giants, Pirates, Tigers and Indians.