The Nationals offered Gio Gonzalez to the Marlins for Christian Yelich

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Nationals offered starter Gio Gonzalez to the division rival Marlins in exchange for outfielder Christian Yelich, but were turned down. In Heyman’s words, it “took [one] second for the Marlins to say ‘no thanks'”.

The Nationals are still trying to fill a gap in the outfield after losing out in the running for Jason Heyward, who signed with the Cubs. The club could still pursue free agents such as Justin Upton, Yoenis Cespedes, and Denard Span, or they could pursue a trade elsewhere.

Gonzalez, 30, has seen his ERA climb in each of the past three seasons. In 2015, he finished at 3.79 with a 169/69 K/BB ratio in 175 2/3 innings. The lefty, earning $12 million in 2016, can become a free agent after the season if the Nationals decline his $12 million option for 2017.

Yelich, 24, hit a productive .300/.366/.416 with 39 extra-base hits (30 doubles) with 44 RBI, 63 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 21 attempts across 525 plate appearances. He’s signed through at least 2021 after agreeing to a seven-year, $49.57 million extension in March earlier this year.