By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Milwaukee Brewers acquired starting pitcher Gio González in a trade with the Washington Nationals. In exchange, minor leaguers KJ Harrison and Gilbert Lara were part of the deal.
González is the third player traded by the Nationals this month. He had to be acquired by the Brewers by midnight EST to be eligible for postseason play.
The Nationals traded second baseman Daniel Murphy to the Chicago Cubs. In exchange, they received minor leaguer Andruw Monastrio and a player to be named later.
That same day, the Nationals also lost Matt Adams, who was claimed off waivers by the St. Louis Cardinals. On August 5th, Washington sent pitcher Shawn Kelley and cash to the Oakland Athletics for international bonus slot money.
González will be a free agent at the end of the season. The 32-year-old is in the final-year of a seven-year, $65.5 million deal that he signed with the Nationals in 2012.
The Brewers will be his third MLB team. Besides playing for the Nationals, he spent the first four-years of his career with the Oakland Athletics.
This season, he has gone 7-11 this season in 27 starts. He has 4.57 ERA in 145 2/3 innings, while allowing 77 runs (74 earned runs) with 15 home runs in 153 hits.
Seven wins are the fewest he has had in a season since he had six wins during his second season in 2009 with the Athletics. He had 15 wins last season.
From 2010 through 2017, González averaged 10 or more wins during a season. He had a career-best 21 wins during the 2012 season.