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Report: A’s wanted Montero, Banuelos from Yankees for Gio Gonzalez

Dec 6, 2011, 11:30 PM EDT

Gio Gonzalez AP

It’s deja vu all over again.

A day after the report that the White Sox asked the Yankees for Jesus Montero and Manny Banuelos in return for John Danks comes word from Bob Klapisch that the A’s wanted the same package in Gio Gonzalez trade talks.

Which at least is somewhat justifiable. Gonzalez is better than Danks, plus he’s a full four years away from free agency, making him a one of the game’s more valuable pitchers. Gonzalez has combined to go 31-21 while finishing with ERAs of 3.23 and 3.12 the last two years. Danks has never finished with an ERA that good, and he actually came in at 4.33 last season.

The Yankees still weren’t going to give up both for Gonzalez, but the A’s certainly have no reason to part with their young left-hander for much less. According to Klapisch, the A’s were willing to settle for Dellin Betances instead of Banuelos, but that still didn’t get a deal done.

The Royals, who can offer top outfield prospect Wil Myers and one of their better pitching prospects, have also expressed interest in Gonzalez. However, there’s nothing to indicate that anything will get done anytime soon.

  1. hammyofdoom - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    In order to get premier talent it seems like your top pitching prospect plus your top hitting prospect is whats going to get it done, between Danks, Gio, and what it took for the Sox to get Gonzalez. Teams gotta realize that 4 years of a cost controlled ace type pitcher is going to cost beau coup talent in return

  2. randygnyc - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:55 PM

    Can’t blame these teams for not getting our internal memos with regards to our trade policies. Players like montero and banuelos and betances are unavailable unless your pitcher wears a crown and has the royal title of “king”. Outside of that, those prospects are not available for your #2 or #3 starter. Our trading chips will be for Nunez, gardner, swisher and joba. So with that in mind, we’ll offer either Nunez OR gardner for Gonzalez. I can be reached in my office if you’d like to consummate the transaction.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:36 AM

      your office in Fantasyland?

      • bozosforall - Dec 7, 2011 at 1:29 PM

        No, but that’s where the offices of the Red Sox dealmakers are. Along with a smelly auditorium to house their idiot fans.

  3. pitolove124 - Dec 7, 2011 at 12:14 AM

    I agree with the last post. Unless its a number 1 pitcher I am not giving up a hitter like Montero & a pitcher who may be better than what I’m trading for. Gio is not a 1 – so I wouldn’t go past a Nuñez & Adam Warren deal

    • purnellmeagrejr - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:37 AM

      then you can watch Freddy and Bartolo limp home next year.

      • bozosforall - Dec 7, 2011 at 1:30 PM

        They looked better than the crap that the Red Sux sent out to the mound at the end of last season.


    • mordecofe - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:33 AM

      Sarcasm, you don’t haz it. Maybe read Randygnyc’s post again.

  4. pisano - Dec 7, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    Good luck to the A’s, that deal would never happen for one of those guy’s let alone both.

  5. dondbaseball - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:57 AM

    Look I got to see Montero against the Red Sox in person on his great Saturday at home but Gio Gonzalez at baseball season age 25 is very good. His WHIP is a bit high for my liking but he would only have to be a #2 on the Yanks. Yes, Banuelos looks good now but so did Hughes, Joba, Kennedy at that same age. They all have experienced growing pains and aren’t as good as Gonzalez. The growing pains of Banuelos will occur as virtually NO pitchers come on the big league scene as a starter and dominate. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. I would have to think very long about this trade if I were Cashman.

    • bozosforall - Dec 7, 2011 at 1:32 PM

      NO pitchers come on to the big league scene as a starter and dominate? You must have missed Stephen Strasberg’s outings before he went down with TJ surgery.

    • foreverchipper10 - Dec 7, 2011 at 6:45 PM

      I saw Montero all the time in AAA. Gio for Montero straight up is a losing deal for the A’s. A top flight ace lefty pitcher is all kinds of more valuable than a DH which Montero will be as he is horrendous behind the dish.

  6. mydadyourmom - Dec 7, 2011 at 3:51 AM


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