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UPDATE: Blue Jays, Diamondbacks pursue Gio Gonzalez

Dec 7, 2011, 6:09 PM EDT

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6:10 p.m. EDT: Susan Slusser is back with a report that the Blue Jays are trying to acquire Gio Gonzalez. Add them to the list that includes the Diamondbacks, Nationals, Reds and maybe still the Tigers and Yankees.

12:25 p.m. EDT: CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler reports that the Tigers weren’t prepared to pay the price for Gonzalez, which started with top pitching prospect Jacob Turner and had to include more.

Along with the Phillies’ interest, it’s also known that the Diamondbacks are making an effort to land Gonzalez, which is interesting, since the A’s are probably looking for the same kind of return they got when they sent Dan Haren to Arizona (Carlos Gonzalez, Brett Anderson, Chris Carter and more).’s Ken Rosenthal adds that the Nationals and Reds are also in the mix.


The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser has heard from three different sources that the Tigers have engaged the A’s in talks for left-hander Gio Gonzalez.

The price will surely be high for the left-hander, who is a full four years away from free agency. The word earlier in the day was that the A’s wanted Jesus Montero and either Manny Banuelos or Dellin Betances from the Yankees for Gonzalez.

The Tigers aren’t capable of providing that kind of haul. Any trade would almost surely start with their top pitching prospect, right-hander Jacob Turner, and could also include third baseman Nick Castellanos or left-hander Casey Crosby. The A’s might also have some interest in outfielders Austin Jackson and Andy Dirks. Dirks is more their kind of player, but while Jackson is on-base challenged, his ability to run down balls in center is still pretty attractive.

  1. Ben - Dec 7, 2011 at 1:17 AM

    Given how thin the Tigers’ system is a trade like that could set them back years when they lose this cohort of players. And by cohort I mean Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander.

  2. joshftw - Dec 7, 2011 at 1:46 AM

    Hands off! He belongs to the Yankees!

    • bozosforall - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:16 PM

      Not for what those idiots are asking though. If they will take Nunez and Garcia, then we’ll talk. LOL

  3. skeleteeth - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:06 AM

    I came into this thread ready to gripe about the hype for this guy and his home/away splits but they really weren’t all that bad. That has to be a concern though with him not getting most of his starts at The Coliseum. Of course, not having the Athletics offense to rely on will make a difference.

    Hype away, I guess?

    • djpostl - Dec 7, 2011 at 1:31 PM

      Biggest concern is the fact he walks more guys than AJ Burnett (literally does walk more, not just hyperbole)

  4. Jonny 5 - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    Phillies are in on him too.

    • skane2005 - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:39 PM

      Phils traded him (as a prospect) I believe in the Joe Blanton trade.

      • clydeserra - Dec 7, 2011 at 6:19 PM


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

        to be a little more clear, as a PTBNL with ROwand for Thome, then back to the whitesox with gavin floyd for freddie garcia

  5. lembeck4 - Dec 7, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    A little Devil’s advocate on Gonzalez… 1.410 WHIP, 4.4 BB/9 (led the AL in BB in 2011). Kid has a live arm, but it doesn’t always throw strikes.

    • bozosforall - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:15 PM

      Nothing that Larry Rothschild can’t fix.

  6. Jonny 5 - Dec 7, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    • Francisco (FC) - Dec 7, 2011 at 12:49 PM


  7. APBA Guy - Dec 7, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    The A’s are absolutely looking for a Dan Haren deal here. They view his last two seasons (age 24 and 25) as indicative, averaging 201 innings, 3.17 ERA, and WHIP of 1.315. I don’t have the park-adjusted stats handy, but the overall combination of age, durability, and performance is high-value.

    The Haren trade of “Dan Haren and Connor Robertson to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for left-handed pitchers Brett Anderson, Dana Eveland and Greg Smith, infielder Chris Carter and outfielders Aaron Cunningham and Carlos Gonzalez.” (A’s press release) what jumps out is Anderson and Car-Go. Carter is still with the club, Cunningham is in SD, and Eveland and Smith went to COL with Car-Go for Matt Holliday, who the A’s turned for (eventually) Michael Taylor.

    Ultimately did the A’s “win” that deal? A lot depends on how well Anderson comes back from TJ. It looks like they came up way short on the Holliday for Car-Go end of the stick.

    But the point in getting prospects is that you can’t be sure who will make it in the majors, so you get the highest number of high-upside guys you can, leavened with some roster fillers.

    It what the A’s want to do, anyway. We’ll see if anyone wants to dance with them for Gio. That BB/9 that lembeck cited above is very un-Haren like. And that will be an issue.

    • djpostl - Dec 7, 2011 at 1:34 PM

      Yup, people can bash prospect deals any way they want, but in the end you need a lot of them to have just a handful pay off so any time a non-competitive team can flip a guy and get 4-6 high end ones in return they have got to pull the trigger.

  8. cur68 - Dec 7, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    C’mon Blue Jays! Add this guy to that rotation and you have: Ricky Ramirez, Brandon Morrow, Gio Gonzalez, Wilson Alvarez and Dustin McGowan with Brett Cecil to the pen along with Young Drabek (both of whom can pitch long relief or fill rotation spots). McGowan, Alverez and Gonzalez could either of them be the # 3 guy based on last year’s work. What a great rotation to throw out there.

    C’mon Anthopolous, lets see some of that voodoo thing you do…

    • APBA Guy - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:29 PM

      Cur-who would you (as GM of the Jays) give up for Gio?

      • cur68 - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:34 PM

        A nice bundle of Teahen, Mathis & Brett Cecil, with a “please take Brian Tallet, too” tacked on to the end. Think they’d bite?

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