The Nationals' tremendous drafting over the past few years helped them land Gio Gonzalez from the A's.
They became the favorite for Gonzalez immediately after entering the picture through their teremndous prospct list, which was compiled vis super recent drafts.
Once Gonzalez passes the physical, the A's will get pitchers Brad Peaccock, A.J. Cole and Tommy Milone and catcher Derek Norris for Gonzalez. Peacock has a power fastball, a good curveball and improving changeup and is on the cusp of being a full-fledged major leaguer. Cole has the best arm of the bunch. Milone has great stats but was described by one competing GM as "ordinary.''
Norris is a big-time RBI guy who has struggled some the last couple years but is seen for having huge offensive potential.
These are four of the Nationals' top 10 prospects. But of course, none of them is Stephen Strasburg or Bryce Harper.
Meanwhile, they improved their rotation to the point where they may be a cotender. Good for them.