Nationals Trade Gio Gonzalez to Brewers

 

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic is reporting that the Milwaukee Brewers have acquired starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez from the Washington Nationals.

Gonzalez, 32, has been a fixture in the Nationals’ rotation since 2012, posting a 3.62 ERA alongside an 86-65 record and a K/BB ratio of 2.91. The numbers this season have been relatively discouraging, however, as the lefty has a 4.57 ERA and 1.531 WHIP in 27 starts.

Gonzalez’s struggles since the beginning of June (6.53 ERA, 1.726 WHIP, .304/.383/.481 opponent line since June 2) have come to dictate what has been a marginal step back not only for him, but also for the Nationals organization as a whole.

The news of his trade breaks just hours after Washington finalized a deal to send reliever Ryan Madson to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

While the circumstances are unfortunate, Gonzalez may benefit from a clean slate in Milwaukee, which has been spinning forward with a four-man rotation and has the 14th-worst second-half ERA (4.46) in the National League and the 15th highest homer rate (1.5 per nine innings).

All in all, Gonzalez averages just 0.9 HR/9, which could bode fairly well for a Brewer team that has faded behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the race for a playoff spot.

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