Jan 16, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT
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Gio Gonzalez is now signed through 2016, with team options for 2017 and 2018.
There's been some debate this winter over the Nationals' planned timeline for success. Are they trying to win right now, or are they still focused on the future?
In some respects, the answer is: both. The Nats have every reason to believe they can win in 2012 if all the pieces fall into place, and they're certainly doing anything to attempt not to win right now. But neither are they doing anything that might hinder their chances to win down the road in a desperate attempt to enjoy immediate success.
Yesterday's signing of Gio Gonzalez to a long-term extension was a perfect example of that strategy.
The Gonzalez deal — five years for a guaranteed $42 million, plus a pair of one-year club options that could make the entire package worth $65 million — ensures the left-hander is locked up through at least 2016 and perhaps through 2018. It prevents him from ever needing to go toRead more »
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