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Report: Nationals “pushing hard” to land Gio Gonzalez from Athletics

Dec 19, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

Gio Gonzalez

Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Nationals are “pushing hard” to acquire left-hander Gio Gonzalez from the Athletics. No word on the specific players being offered by Washington, but Rosenthal hears the two sides are discussing a four-for-one deal.

Gonzalez has drawn interest from several teams this winter. The 26-year-old left-hander is arbitration-eligible for the first time as a Super Two player, but he’s still four years away from free agency. The asking price is naturally expected to be sky high.

It doesn’t appear as though anything is imminent and it’s possible that whoever lost out on the bidding for right-hander Yu Darvish could intensify their pursuit in the next 24 hours. The Blue Jays and Rangers (considered the favorites for Darvish) have both been linked to Gonzalez this offseason.

  1. tashkalucy - Dec 19, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    What is with Billy Beane?

    Is he ever going to keep some core players and actually attempt to build a team?

    He reminds me of “Trader” Frank Lane from the late 1950’s. Of course, Trader Frank once traded managers. We’ll see if Beane can pull something like that off.

    • dondada10 - Dec 19, 2011 at 8:59 PM

      In fairness, I think he did trade Art Howe to the Mets in 2003.

    • randygnyc - Dec 19, 2011 at 9:44 PM

      I don’t really blame Beane. He’s just doing what he’s told, to come in at/under a payroll number. He’s forced to develop, then trade, good, young talent, for lots of good, very young talent. for things to change in Oakland, they’ll need new ownership who decides to gamble and field a more expensive, winning team and hope the fans turn out with perpetual support. As it is, they could get lucky and have a competitive team for short periods of time, but long term, they’re really up against it with the Rangers, and now Angels, as perennial powerhouses in their division.

      • mikeyrivs23 - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:12 AM

        Reminds me of the poor Expos. I miss them. Now, the Expos/Nationals are the ones trading for the top talent. Well well well, how the turntables…

  2. spudchukar - Dec 19, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    My bet is that Ian Desmond and either Clippard and/or Storen are part of the package. Perhaps Stammen and Flores too, but doubtful if it is both.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 19, 2011 at 9:05 PM

      Beane loves him some high profile middle relief. Maybe he has executive orders from Wolfe to make the team suck until they get a new park…ala Major League. But probably without the life-sized cutout of the owner in lingerie. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

      • JBerardi - Dec 20, 2011 at 12:03 AM

        “Maybe he has executive orders from Wolfe to make the team suck until they get a new park…”

        I don’t think there’s any “maybe” about it.

    • natstowngreg - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:46 AM

      Desmond or Clippard/Storen wouldn’t surprise; they were in previous trade rumors. If he got Gio, Rizzo might give up Ross Detwiler. But Beane would want a couple of prospects. Hopefully, the deal would get done without giving up Brad Peacock.

      If Desmond went, Danny Espinosa could play SS. If Storen or Clippard went, Ryan Madson is still on the market. If the Jays cough up more for Gio, there are still options (Oswalt).

  3. Jonny 5 - Dec 19, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    If the Nationals keep this up the Braves might as well forget about a W/C spot. 2 totally legit aces…. Plus if Morse actually flipped a switch and keeps playing like it’s 2011, along with the rest of the team they have… Well let’s just say they’ll be good. Damn good. I hope some fans start showing up if this happens. Strausbionic version 2012 is sure to dazzle, and Gio is no slouch, either is Zimmerman. Yikes, second place in the NL east, here they come… Look out Bravos. I wonder how long it’ll take before Harper moves up?

    • spudchukar - Dec 19, 2011 at 10:46 PM

      More then likely this means the Pheelies tumble to third, if they can hold off the Marlins.

      • Jonny 5 - Dec 20, 2011 at 8:44 AM


    • purnellmeagrejr - Dec 20, 2011 at 7:14 AM

      Jonny 5 – you’re pretty pumped for the 20th of December – good for you.

    • natstowngreg - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:54 AM

      The front-runners will return. They showed up in 2005, when the team was new (and played well for half a season). They showed up in 2008, when the park was new (before they realized the team really stunk). Fewer seats avaliable for the Phillies infestation.

  4. protius - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    It’s more than likely the Phillies will be rode hard, and put away wet.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Dec 20, 2011 at 7:16 AM

      are you going to post, “That dog don’t hunt” tomorrow? I’d post more but I’ve hot to cut and run.

  5. APBA Guy - Dec 20, 2011 at 12:26 AM

    Beane’s been upfront about the need to build for the “new park.” So guys like Gio, who are at high value now, get sold off for Haren-like deals, ie quantity of prospects.

    Of course, we don’t know if the new par will be in the Bay Area. It seems the visit by Selig to convey the panel’s recommendations on the A’s ballpark situation is always “manana”.

    In the meantime Wollf/Fisher will continue to alienate their fan base a la Jeffrey Loria or Peter Angelos, profiting from revenue sharing as a losing team plays in front of an empty stadium.

    • b7p19 - Dec 20, 2011 at 10:34 AM

      Sounds like a good job, if you can get it.

  6. delsj - Dec 20, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if it was Storen, followed by a move to sign Ryan Madson.

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