In exchange for Gonzalez, who went 16-12 with cheap burberry outlet 2012 a 3.12 ERA last season, the A's reportedly will receive pitching prospects A.J. Cole, Brad Peacock and Tom Milone and catcher Derek Norris.
The trade is not official, as neither team made an announcement, but Gonzalez told the Associated Press that "it's 99 percent done. ... It's pending a physical, and I'm just waiting to hear from my agent."
Right-handers Cole, 19, and Peacock, 23, are considered top prospects. One scout, requesting anonymity, said the A's made the best deal possible with Washington.
For many A's fans, that comes as little solace. They have seen this too many times.
With Gonzalez following another top pitcher out the door -- Cahill was an 18-game winner in 2010 -- it's reminiscent of 2004 when the A's traded Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder in a span of three days. Or the 2007-08 offseason, when they traded pitcher Dan Haren and outfielder Nick Swisher in a span of three weeks.
And this 1-2 punch to the gut comes at a time when the A's already have lost ground in the American League West, where they have finished third or lower in four of the past five seasons. The Los Angeles Angels signed Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson to big-money deals this month, and Texas this week bid $51.7 million just to negotiate with Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish. The Rangers also reportedly are in pursuit of Prince Fielder, as is Seattle.
The disparity isn't sitting well with some fans cheap moncler jackets finder.
"It disgusts me that we have all this talent that we're just giving away," longtime season ticket holder Jason DeFrancesco of Aptos said. "How does this let us compete in the A.L. West when the Angels are getting Pujols and Wilson and the Rangers are chasing Prince Fielder and others?
"It makes me question whether or not I want to be spending my money to see what's being put on the field."
In other corners, the feeling is one of resignation. On AthleticsNation.com, much of the talk centered on the four prospects the A's got -- "quite a haul" in the words of one fan.
Some scouts agree.
"If two of the four reach the level (the A's) think they are, it's a fair trade," one scout told this newspaper. "If three reach the level they think they are, it's a plus for the A's. And if all four reach that level, they did great."
Peacock, Cole and Norris were three of Washington's top nine prospects, according to Baseball America, with Cole's ceiling considered the highest. He was a fourth-round draft cheap gucci outlet 2012 pick in 2010 and last season went 4-7 with a 4.04 ERA for Single-A Hagerstown, with 108 strikeouts in 89 innings.
Peacock made his major league debut in 2011, going 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA in 12 innings for Washington. He was 15-3 with a 2.39 ERA in 146 innings while in Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse, walking 47 and striking out 177 moncler jackets 2011 outlet.