Gio Gonzalez spent just one season in the Phillies organization, but was highly touted and was something of a rising star. After acquiring the left-hander from the Chicago White Sox in the Jim Thome deal in December of 2005, the Phillies shipped him and Gavin Floyd back to the White Sox for pitcher Freddy Garcia.
Gonzalez spent that one season - 2006 - pitching at Reading and assembled a line of 7-12 with a 4.66 ERA. Even with the down year, he was highly regarded and the White Sox were very eager to get him back from the Phillies a year later.
Now, Gonzalez has gone on to pitch in the majors for the Oakland A's and the Washington Nationals. The Nationals signed Gonzalez to a five-year, $42-million deal prior to the 2012 season, meaning he's got four more rather lucrative seasons coming his way.
The bad news for Gonzalez is that his name has shown up on a list obtained from a former employee of an anti-aging clinic in Miami. That list details people who purchased performance enhancing drugs from the now defunct company known as Biogenesis. The owner of the company, Tony Bosch, is nowhere to be found and the company abruptly closed last week.
Bosch's name could sound familiar, since he was one of the people who allegedly sold HCG, a human growth hormone to Manny Ramirez back in 2009.
In addition to Gonzalez' name on the list, the names of Alex Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz, Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon show up. Most of the names have some link to the Miami area and Gonzalez is no exception. He was born in Hialeah, Florida and attended Monsignor Pace High School in Miami.
Rodriguez and Gonzalez have quickly come out to deny the accusations.
Last season with Washington, Gonzalez posted a major league best 21 wins against just eight losses, with a 2.89 ERA.