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Report: The Marlins are talking to the A’s about Gio Gonzalez

Nov 21, 2011, 6:06 AM EDT

Gio Gonzalez

We’ve heard the Marlins connected with all manner of free agents. But how a trade rumor? Here’s one: Miami is talking with the Athletics about Gio Gonzalez

David Villavicencio is the man with this report, and he says that sources close to Gonzalez are telling him that the two teams are talking trade for the lefty. It’s not clear from the report that a deal is imminent, but Villavicencio reports that three different players have been discussed as potential pieces for the deal and that all three  “played significant time with the Marlins last season.”  Not all three would be part of a potential trade.

Such a trade would make all kinds of sense for everyone involved.  The A’s are — as always — looking to get a lot of talent in return for someone  they soon won’t be able to afford, and Gonzalez is worth a boatload on the trade market right now.  Meanwhile the Marlins, despite playing footsie with Albert Pujols and Jose Reyes, really need starting pitching, and Gonzalez would upgrade the rotation in major fashion.

Oh, and let us not forget: the Marlins are all about building a strong local brand, and Gonzalez is a Miami native.

Stay tuned to this one. Because even if the Marlins aren’t ready to pull the trigger on this, there are any number of teams who would like to get in on the Athletics selling off their best pitcher.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 21, 2011 at 6:40 AM

    I am sure that the Jays are interested in Gonzalez. AA does not leak information about trade discussions, but he has a history of trading with Oakland.

  2. lostsok - Nov 21, 2011 at 7:21 AM

    The Braves need a SS and Oakland has Grant Green coming up. In Is Pennington one of the names?

    • drmonkeyarmy - Nov 21, 2011 at 8:12 AM

      Why would the A’s include Pennington in the deal? I think the players who played significant time last season would be Marlins players….Also, the Marlins do not really need a SS.

      • Kevin S. - Nov 21, 2011 at 11:33 AM

        No, he’s talking about Oakland being willing to move players, looking for a separate Braves-As trade.

    • grumblygus - Nov 21, 2011 at 8:47 AM

      The A’s moved grant green to CF last summer.

  3. unclemosesgreen - Nov 21, 2011 at 7:36 AM

    I bet the 3 being floated are LoMo, his smart mouth, and his smartphone.

    • Kyle - Nov 21, 2011 at 12:05 PM

      If I’m the A’s, I’ll take all 3 in a second.

  4. Lukehart80 - Nov 21, 2011 at 8:09 AM

    Given the reports about just what the Marlins offered Pujols and Reyes, I suspect their discussions with the A’s involved offering to send Oakland a minor prospect and two tickets to this weekend’s Heat/Raptors game in exchange for Gonzalez.

  5. antlerclaws - Nov 21, 2011 at 8:24 AM

    Nice to see Hardball Talk turn into the Marlins blog for a while instead of just the Phillies blog.

    • Old Gator - Nov 21, 2011 at 12:56 PM

      It’s a trap. Since the Feesh are making all the noise, in meeting its profound journalistic responsibilities Circling the Bases has to report it on the distant offchance that something will actually happen.

  6. gallaghedj311 - Nov 21, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    We can turn this article into a phillies article. It sets the stage for Gio Gonzalez homecoming to Philadelphia, who traded him to Oakland

  7. garryfish - Nov 21, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    And the Yankees are not involved??!!

    • Kevin S. - Nov 21, 2011 at 11:35 AM

      Considering Gonzalez is an extreme fly ball pitcher helped out immensely by the Mausoleum, no.

  8. cintiphil - Nov 21, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Just in. The Marlins are offering one half of what he is getting paid now. That should do it. He will be moving to Miami any day now.

  9. Old Gator - Nov 21, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Beinfest has said along that the Feesh would be looking to make trades. How else are they going to get rid of Tweeter?

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 21, 2011 at 11:17 AM

      Is that Tweeter Dum or Tweeter Dee?

      • Old Gator - Nov 21, 2011 at 12:57 PM

        It’s the one with the propeller beanie – which, by the way, would have made a nice addition to the new Feesh uniforms, given how desperately Scrooge McLoria is hoping that attendance will take off.

  10. Loren - Nov 21, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Gio certainly had a good year last year, but I think it’s a stretch to call him Oakland’s best pitcher. He’s a sell high candidate and, as an A’s fan, I’d love it if Billy could get a decent haul for him.

    • larryhockett - Nov 21, 2011 at 2:26 PM

      He’s a 26-yr-old lefty who’s done this the past two years:

      2010 – 15 wins, 200 ip, 171 k’s, 3.23 ERA
      2011 – 16 wins, 202 ip, 198 k’s, 3.12 ERA

      That’s not Oakland’s best pitcher?

      • APBA Guy - Nov 21, 2011 at 3:42 PM

        I think ‘best’ in this thread is interpreted by A’s fans as meaning “most talented”. The reason most of us fans feel Brett Anderson is the best is his 2010 ERA of 2.80, which hints at his # 1 upside. In 2011 he was pitching with a bad elbow.

        In 2009, note how his rookie line of 30 starts, 175.1 innings and 4.06 compares to 17 starts, 98 innings, and 5.75 ERA for Gio.

        Keep in mind also Brett’s only 23 now, to Gio’s 26.

        So yes, Gio’s last 2 years have been at a higher performance level overall, but no doubt Oakland’s most talented pitcher is Brett Anderson.

  11. APBA Guy - Nov 21, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    The A’s will string this discussion along at least through the Winter Meeting. Keep in mind the post over the weekend, that Air Bud is coming to San Fran to talk to the Giants about territorial rights to San Jose (or is it just to get the first Irish Coffee of the season). Upon those discussions hinge the better part of the A’s offseason strategy, and the great and powerful Beane could easily keep Gio for another year, especially with the A’s best pitcher, Brett Anderson, sidelined until July at least.

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