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The Royals are interested in Gio Gonzalez

Dec 5, 2011, 7:02 PM EDT

Gio Gonzalez

The Royals are currently scouring the trade market for starting pitchers and according to Jon Heyman of SI.com, they have expressed interest in Athletics’ left-hander Gio Gonzalez.

We heard late last month that the Marlins discussed a potential deal with the A’s, but balked at the asking price of either Logan Morrison or Mike Stanton.

Heyman notes that Royals prospect outfielder Wil Myers is coveted by others, so he would likely the centerpiece of any deal with Oakland. However, it’s worth noting that the Royals reportedly turned down a deal last month that would have sent Myers and Lorenzo Cain to the Braves for Jair Jurrjens and Martin Prado. Myers, who turns 21 on Saturday, is regarded as one of the best hitting prospects in the game, so the A’s wouldn’t be able to pry him away easily.

Gonzalez, 26, went 16-12 with a 3.12 ERA and 197/91 K/BB ratio over 202 innings with the Royals this season. The southpaw is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter as a Super Two and remains under team control through 2015.

  1. xmatt0926x - Dec 5, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    Good lord. The A’s asked for Mike Stanton in exchange for Gio Gonzalez?? Looks like the A’s GM has been nipping on that spiked egg nog a little early this year.

  2. lostsok - Dec 5, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Gio has #1 ace potential. With all their hitting talent and some good young arms coming up, KC could easily afford Myers and lesser names. I’d take Gio way over Jurrjens.

  3. mgflolox - Dec 5, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    Might as well ask for more than you think you can realistically get if you don’t seriously plan on trading him. Never know, someone might bite.

  4. dondada10 - Dec 5, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    “Gonzalez, 26, went 16-12 with a 3.12 ERA and 197/91 K/BB ratio over 202 innings with the Royals this season.”

    Edit button!

  5. sjsharksfan11 - Dec 5, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    Love how in the picture the stands are completely empty. The A’s are a joke

    • dondada10 - Dec 5, 2011 at 9:36 PM

      Maybe it was a simulated game.

  6. finfan88shark - Dec 5, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    dondada10, It was a regular season game. And this was one of the bigger crowds the A’s had.

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