Gio Gonzalez Traded to Washington Nationals: 5 Potential Effects on Offseason

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Gio Gonzalez Traded to Washington Nationals: 5 Potential Effects on Offseason
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Now what?

That is likely what was heard coming from front offices around baseball this afternoon after learning from Keith Law of ESPN that the Oakland Athletics have traded their ace, Gio Gonzalez, to the Washington Nationals for a package of four prospects, three of whom Baseball America ranked in their preview of Washington's top 10 prospects for 2012.*

As we have seen over the past few weeks, the price to acquire quality starting pitching is excessive, whether it be via trade or as a free-agent signing.

Now that another quality starter is off the market, teams such as the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays, among others, are trying to figure out their next move.

Let's take a look at how Gonzalez coming off the market could shape the roughly eight weeks that remain before pitchers and catchers begin to report to spring training.

*You may need a premium subscription to Baseball America to access their top 10 lists for 2012

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