NATIONAL HARBOR, MD – A reliable National League source early this morning at the 2016 Baseball Winter Meetings confirmed that the Washington Nationals were close to a deal with the New York Yankees that would send righthander Gio Gonzalez to the Bronx. In return the Yankees would send the Nationals two minor league prospects and maybe another player.
Then the Red Sox made their move and acquired Chris Sale, the lefthanded ace that caught everyone by surprise. As reported here earlier, the Yankees were looking to bring Gonzalez to the Bronx and the Nationals were looking to make the deal with New York that was contingent on condition of acquiring Sale.
The Yankees denied the reports about a trade in the works for Gonzalez. The 31-year old righthander is in the final year of a six year deal with the Nationals that paid him 53.5 million.
Day 2 of the Winter meetings and more to come. Talks, wheeling and dealing, and the tide does quickly change.
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