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Add the Nationals to list of Gio Gonzalez suitors

Posted on: December 19, 2011 8:49 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2011 8:55 pm

By Matt Snyder

A's starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez has been one of the hottest names swirling through trade rumors this offseason. It's not a rumor, it's reality, that he's on the block.'s Danny Knobler reported last week that the Tigers, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Rangers and Reds were among the suitors for Gonzalez. Oakland general manager Billy Beane is shooting for the stars, too, because Knobler reported that the A's asked the Marlins for blossoming slugger Mike Stanton. And now we can add the Nationals to the mix.

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Knobler confirmed that Washington has talked about a swap for Gonzalez, after a report from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports stated the Nats are "pushing hard" and talking about dealing four players for Gonzalez.

Also, with the Reds having acquired Mat Latos, you can cross them off the list of suitors. If the Rangers or Blue Jays land Japanese phenom Yu Darvish -- the two clubs are the reported favorites -- you can cross another name off the list. Still, it looks like the A's could end up being a big winner as things stand, with so many teams looking to add one more starter and a dearth of names available through a trade or free agency.

Gonzalez, a 26-year-old left-hander, was 16-12 with a 3.12 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 197 strikeouts in 202 innings last season. Good numbers, but he also led the AL with 91 walks and plays half his games in one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in the majors. Last season his home ERA was 2.70 and his road ERA was 3.62.

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Since: Dec 20, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 11:42 am
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Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 10:37 am

Add the Nationals to list of Gio Gonzalez suitors

I agree's sad that Oakland grooms all this great young talent and then is forced to ship it out before the core group assembled really has a shot at maturing and competing together. The A's from 2000-2006 won no fewer than 88 games in any year, and if not for the Yanks/Sox probably would have represented the AL in a Fall Classic or two. That group of Mulder-Giambi-Zito-Tejada-Hudosn-Ch

avez etc. was special in that they all "came of age" around the same time. They have had those guys and a lot more come up and then leave. Every move now seems painfully lateral. Dan Haren, Joe Blanton, Keith Foulke, guys like that come up and get flipped for other prospects, who then come up and get flipped for other prospects. The A's from '07 to 2011 have averaged 76.2 wins a year, making them a sub .500 team now. What is the point? Vin Mazzaro traded for Player X, who will then get traded for Player Z. Trevor Cahill traded for another prospect. Gio Gonzalez on the block. Vets like Kurt Suzuki, Zeigler, Devine, Fuentes, Balfour are all apt to be moved at a trade deadline for younger players, who will then do the same.
If the A's could just get a new stadium (i.e. a new revenue stream) they could allow a class of prospects to all play together and actually compete. You're exactly right about the A's being a AAA team, more like a quadruple AAAA team though. They are just a farm system for teams with money and championship expectations, who always look to Oakland at the deadlines or in the offseason to pluck a good player that Oakland is worried about paying later. Lew Wolf either needs to sell the team or put some more money in to it. It's not fair to the fans who support the team year in, year out. If his old frat buddy had any balls, he would insert a salary floor and ceiling to cap the spening off the behemoths and make these "poor" clubs spend more. They started a little bit of that by making it a rule that teams receiving revenue sharing have to put that money into player salaries.

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:58 am

Add the Nationals to list of Gio Gonzalez suitors

i wouldn't be surprised if that dummy in Oakland is asking for Bryce Harper in return for Gio.  No joke, I can see more major leaguers rehabbing in a single-A game than that of an Oakland A's game.  I know management is waiting for a move to San Jose, but don't alienate your entire Oakland fanbase by selling every talented player over 20 away.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:15 am

Add the Nationals to list of Gio Gonzalez suitors

I see the As burning themselves on this one if they are getting greedy. They will end up just like the Marlins did a few years back when they traded Miguel Cabrera to the Tigers for a bunch of scrubs instead of to the Angels for Kendry Morales and Jered Weaver like they should have done before they became major leaguers. But they got greedy and asked for Erick Aybar and Howie Kendrick too.

Good luck As.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:09 am

Add the Nationals to list of Gio Gonzalez suitors

Gio Gonzalez is not enough to land Mike Stanton. This would require a 3 team deal with the marlins landing Gio Gonzalez and at least 3 elite prospects and 2 Class B top prospects for Stanton.

Stanton could be making 10-12 million in about 2 years and surpass Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera as the top hitter in both leagues. The As clearly want him so they can deal him off for 6 players.

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 8:33 am

Add the Nationals to list of Gio Gonzalez suitors

rollnoles, are you not reading closely? The article tells us Billy Beane is "shooting for the stars". He asked the Marlins for Mike Stanton, who is close to being an NL NVP candidate, one of the best young sluggers in baseball, Jesus Montero, while a good young player, is nowhere near Mike Stanton. To get Gio, the Yanks will have to send young pitching back to Oakland, and we all know that means one of either Dellin Betances or Manuel Banuelos. The Yanks have said no the every trade coming down the pike in the last 2-3 years because every team wants one of those guys. These two were just mentioned in the John Danks rumors last week. Montero-for-Gio straight up isn't going to be enough.

Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:03 am

Add the Nationals to list of Gio Gonzalez suitors

If I were the Yanks I would give up J Montero in a hearbeat 4 GG!! Get him Yanks pull the trigger!!

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 12:12 am

Add the Nationals to list of Gio Gonzalez suitors

The latest rumour is Gonzalez to the Yankees for Cano, A-rod, Tex and CC...apparently thats what Oakland is asking for.

Since: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:31 pm

Add the Nationals to list of Gio Gonzalez suitors

A's are nothing more than a super AAA team.  Its pretty sad that cant keep all this talent.  I think its bs the Giants are trying to block the move to San Jose.  I think a city should have the choice if they want a team or dont want a team. How about the Giants move to San Jose and the A's Move to San Fran and end all the arguing

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