Washington Nationals left-handed starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez reached 180 innings for the season on Tuesday night, meaning that his $12 million option for the 2018 campaign has officially vested, according to Eddie Matz of ESPN.com.
That means that Gonzalez will remain with the Nationals for at least another year unless he is traded.
Washington originally acquired the 31-year-old in a trade with the Oakland Athletics back in December 2011.
Gonzalez is enjoying what has arguably been his best season with the Nationals thus far, currently owning a 14-7 record with a 2.68 ERA through his first 29 starts. Over 184 2/3 innings of work, he has allowed just 143 hits while striking out 171 batters.
The lefty did, however, struggle on Tuesday evening, taking the loss after giving up five runs on seven hits in five innings during an 8-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves.
Aside from last season when he went 11-11 and pitched to the tune of a 4.57 ERA, Gonzalez’s six-year tenure with Washington has been very successful.
He made the All-Star team during his first season with the Nats after going 21-8 with a 2.74 ERA. He also finished third in National League Cy Young award voting that year.
Overall, Gonzalez has made two All-Star teams, with his first selection coming with the Athletics in 2011 thanks to a 16-12 mark and a 3.12 ERA.
The Hialeah, Fl. native was originally selected by the Chicago White Sox in the first round (38th pick overall) of the 2004 MLB June Amateur Draft.
However, he never pitched an inning with the White Sox and did not break into the major leagues until 2008 while he was with Oakland.