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Nationals Sign Pitcher Gio Gonzalez To A Five-Year Extension

Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Gio Gonzalez hasn't thrown a single pitch for the Washington Nationals yet, but the young lefty is already feeling the love from the organization. According to the Nationals' official Twitter feed, the team has signed Gonzalez to a five-year extension. Financial terms of the deal have yet to be announced.

Gonzalez was acquired by the team in a trade with the Oakland Athletics that sent four highly regarded prospects to Oakland in exchange for the 26-year-old Gonzalez. In just his second season as a full-time starting pitcher at the major league level, Gonzalez made his first All-Star team after going 16-12 with a 3.12 ERA and 197 strikeouts.

With the deal, the two sides avoid salary arbitration. The deal also includes options for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

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