Gio Gonzalez's 2018 Contract Vests

Gio Gonzalez's 2018 Contract Vests

Gio Gonzalez's 2018 Contract Vests

Given how effective Gonzalez has been this season, it was a near-certainty that Washington was going to exercise its option for 2018.

When Gonzalez signed his five-year contract with the Washington Nationals in 2012, it was for an average of more than $8 million per year for a potential frontline starter.

Teheran has reached double-figures in wins for the fourth time in five seasons, but his ERA is more than a run and a half higher than last season while allowing a career-high 30 homers.

In the top of the first inning against the Atlanta Braves Tuesday night, with a strikeout of outfielder and leadoff man Ender Inciarte, Gonzalez activated the vesting option.

Gio Gonzalez's 2018 Contract Vests

This continues his best season in a Nationals uniform, as he entered Tuesday night with a 14-6 record and an ERA of 2.50. The big blow came in the form of a three-run homer by Freddie Freeman in the third inning.

And while Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer, respectively, have outperformed Gonzalez, Gio is an undeniable value at $12 million. By hitting the 180-inning mark, Gonzalez formally removed any doubt about his contact status, automatically insuring that he'll spend a seventh season in DC.

In short, Gonzalez is a bargain, not only for what he brings to the Nats rotation but also the clubhouse.

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