Gio Gonzalez Traded to Nationals: Why NL East Is Now the Best Division in MLB

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Gio Gonzalez Traded to Nationals: Why NL East Is Now the Best Division in MLB
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News broke on Thursday that the Washington Nationals traded for Oakland A's pitcher Gio Gonzalez. He did not come cheap for the Nationals, as they gave up four prospects, including three prized pitchers.

Those four prospects include Brad Peacock, A.J. Cole, Tommy Milone and Derek Norris. The first three were ranked third, fourth and ninth according Baseball America's recent list of the Nationals' top prospects.

That being said, this proves how dedicated the Nationals are to winning now. With the Phillies, Braves and Marlins all expected to compete for the NL East title, no one gave the Nationals a chance.

With the addition of Gonzalez, the Nationals just went from pretenders to contenders. Keep reading to find out why the NL East is now the best division in the MLB.

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