MLB Today: The Gio Gonzalez Sweepstakes
The A’s have already sent Trevor Cahill packing. Is Gio Gonzalez next?
The Gio Gonzalez trade rumours just won’t go away. Surprisingly, it was rotation mate Trevor Cahill, not Gonzalez, that was dealt away from the A’s, but Gonzalez is still very much on the table. The Mets are reportedly the latest team to enter the fray, and damn, could they ever use him.
Other teams that are said to be interested are Miami (is there anyone the Marlins aren’t after this offseason?), Seattle (which would be wiser to use its assets to acquire offense, not pitching), Cincinnati (which definitely needs the starting pitching), Boston (again, could use the upgrade) and Texas (which needs Gonzalez less desperately than most on this list).
Heading into 2011, we expected Gonzalez to be among the top 30 Fantasy starting pitchers and he definitely achieved that, probably ending up among the top 25.
He maintained his fine hit rates and put up career bests in wins, strikeouts and ERA. In fact, there’s probably not a team in the majors that couldn’t find a place for the 26-year-old southpaw.
However, Oakland is reportedly asking for a King’s ransom for its ace. Some reports suggest the Mets are reportedly dangling Ike Davis, who’s on the cusp of a breakout and would provide the A’s with the much-needed sock they crave. However, others say that Davis is not on the table, and neither is Jonathan Niese, Matt Harvey, Zach Wheeler, Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia. That doesn’t leave a lot of trade chips, so don’t expect Gonzalez to be headed to Queen’s.
One rumour suggests that for Gonzalez the A’s asked the Yankees for a package that included Jesus Montero, Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances. Like I said, they want the world back.
Others teams that have apparently shown in interest in Gonzalez are Detroit, Washington and Toronto. Surprisingly, the Cubs haven’t shown any interest (at least none that has been mentioned), but they’re definitely a team that needs a rotation upgrade.
- The Phils have re-signed shortstop Jimmy Rollins for three years with a vesting option for a fourth season. It’s nice to see that J-Roll will stay with the only organization he’s ever been with, but it was obvious he wasn’t going to get that five-year deal he’d been hankering for. It’s a good fit, because the Phils would have been stuck without him, yet he didn’t seem to really garner much outside interest. They need each other. Rollins bounced back somewhat this year, especially on the basepaths, but the Phils will need more or else this deal will become a bit of an albatross by 2014. He’ll enter 2012 needing just 134 hits to reach 2,000 for his career.
- San Diego has deal starter Mat Latos for Edison Volquez, Brad Boxberger, Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandal. What a steal for San Diego! Latos is a fine starter, but this is a great package for the rebuilding Padres. Downgrade Latos substantially with him not only leaving pitcher-friendly Petco, but now headed to the hitter’s paradise that is The Great American Ballpark. Volquez, conversely, immediately becomes a sleeper in Petco, and Boxberger is someone we already liked as a sleeper, and now we like him even more, even if his path to closing isn’t as clear in San Diego. Alonso’s value probably stays the same; he was blocked by Joey Votto and now has Jesus Guzman and Anthony Rizzo to deal with. However, he’s more likely to get a chance to stick with the Pads at another position, which should offset the park effects. And with Grandal getting moved, Cincy is clearly putting its chips on Devin Mesoraco as its catcher of the future.
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