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Tigers, Red Sox among teams in on Gio Gonzalez

Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:28 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2011 5:40 pm
When the bidding window for Yu Darvish closes at 5 p.m. ET Wednesday, one team will come away with the chance to sign one of the best remaining pitchers available on the winter shopping market.

The others can turn their attention back to Gio Gonzalez.

The 26-year-old A's left-hander remains the hottest name on the trade market, with the Tigers, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Rangers and Reds among the teams chasing him. Gonzalez will be arbitration-eligible in 2012, but a team acquiring him would have him under control for four years before free agency, which adds to his value.

For now, though, the A's are asking a sky-high price.

How high? Well, when the Marlins asked about Gonzalez at last week's winter meetings, sources said that the A's asked for budding star Mike Stanton in return. Understandably, that conversation was brief.

The Tigers could have something of an edge in the Gonzalez hunt, because A's general manager Billy Beane is said to be enamored with young Tiger right-hander Jacob Turner. The Tigers would be willing to deal Turner for Gonzalez, according to sources, but they balked at the A's request that they also include top prospects Nick Castellanos and Drew Smyly, as well.

The A's don't see much depth in the Tiger system, and may not agree to a deal that doesn't include both Turner and Castellanos, at the very least.

The Red Sox have been mentioned more often as interested in A's closer Andrew Bailey, but sources said they have shown just as much interest in Gonzalez. Adding Gonzalez to a rotation that already includes Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz would give Boston a very strong top four.

Similarly, the Tigers like the idea of adding Gonzalez to a group that includes Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister and Rick Porcello.

The Rangers and Blue Jays are two teams whose interest could be affected by the Darvish decision, as both have been mentioned as heavily interested in the Japanese star. The Darvish market is tough to call, because in a system that relies on blind bids, teams have even less reason than usual to signal their intentions publicly, and even more incentive to send out misinformation.

The Reds are searching for a top starting pitcher, too, and have been in contact with the A's, as well as the Rays (James Shields and others) and Braves (Jair Jurrjens). But the A's asked the Reds for a huge package headed by Yonder Alonso.

The Phillies also talked to the A's about Gonzalez, but the A's weren't overly excited in a package that would have included Domonic Brown and some younger, lesser pitching prospects.

The A's have told teams that they want only young, inexpensive players back for Gonzalez and Bailey, preferably players with less than one year of big-league experience.

They have also said that they don't plan to trade Gonzalez and Bailey as a package, because they don't believe that any interested team has enough available players to get both of them.


Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:06 am

Tigers, Red Sox among teams in on Gio Gonzalez

I agree with the quietness of the Yankees, they are up to something, they obviously need starting pitching and they have the money, there not going after Darvish because of Irabu and Igawa but Gio makes sense for them.  Problem is the Athletics have saked for Stanton from Marlins and Alonso from Reds so it will probably cost the Yanks Montero, and you know how Cashman feels about that kid, the Yankees might not have enough high end prospects in the minors outside of Montero.

Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:54 pm

Tigers, Red Sox among teams in on Gio Gonzalez

Its a mystery to me as to why the Yankees wouldn't be interested in Gio...

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 9:48 am

Tigers, Red Sox among teams in on Gio Gonzalez

I agree, at some point you have to hold your cards and build on example is the T.B. Rays and now the much for money ball....

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:02 pm

Tigers, Red Sox among teams in on Gio Gonzalez

Can we stop giving away our top talent?!? What does this say to A's fans? It says keep paying top dollar to come watch a bunch of double A and triple A talent with a couple of over the hill players ( Hideki Matsui) in an absolute dump of a stadium. Also don't worry if anyone like Gio shows promise we will trade him away and start over. Can we stop being a feeder team for the rest of MLB!?!

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:00 pm

Tigers, Red Sox among teams in on Gio Gonzalez

The Phillies have no good prospects. The A's dealt Joe Blanton and the A's gave up more than what they got in return and we all know Blanton is a mediocre pitcher. The A's would be better served dealing Gonzalez to a team that HAS decent prospects!

Since: Jul 26, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:57 pm

Tigers, Red Sox among teams in on Gio Gonzalez

I have just the place for Gio Gonzalez, right across the Bay.  Sure the SF Giants need another bat but obviously they are not serious about that.  (RE: The Pagan Pickup).  The pitching will get well and Buster Posey will back.  Since when did Doug Fister become such a great pitcher?  I guess it is what have you done for me lately because before this year, he wasn't that great.  I would say that if the BoSoxs pickup Gonzalez, they will have a pitching staff to watched.  (Watched is below admired as in the Angels pitching staff)

Since: May 22, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 9:57 pm

Tigers, Red Sox among teams in on Gio Gonzalez

turner for Gio straight up seems fair...tigs getting gio for 4 years is key...Turner + another top prospect is too much

Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 9:35 pm

Tigers, Red Sox among teams in on Gio Gonzalez

I don't think that the Tigers should even consider giving up two or three of there top prospects for one guy...their rotation is solid as it is, and Turner's going to be a stud in a few years. NO TIGERS!

Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 9:32 pm

Tigers, Red Sox among teams in on Gio Gonzalez

I don't know what prospects the A's would be interested in for Gonzalez but the Sox should do the deal. Gio is the real deal and a bird in hand is worth two in the bush. Of course, with the speed at which Cherrington moves, it's not likely to get done.... 

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