Gio Gonzalez is the hottest lefty on the market.

Gio Gonzalez is the hottest lefty on the market.

Gio Gonzalez is the hottest lefty on the market.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that "A's Gonzalez hottest lefty at meetings".  Rosenthal reports that a dozen teams have shown interest including the Tigers, Diamondbacks, Marlins, Reds and Phillies - He also mentions the Blue Jays, Nationals, Red Sox, Rangers, and Rockies.

The Phillies interest is surprising due to their pitching depth.

Jim Bowden of ESPN tweets " Source: Phillies - A's discussed a Domonic Brown -for- Gio Gonzalez package deal" @JimBowdenESPNxm

Jane Lee of mlblogs reports that "Beane: No long-term contract for Gio … right now". It seems that the A's can't really touch payroll until a staduim decision is made.

Other big fish in the bidding include the Marlins and Yankees.

DKnobler tweets "Marlins, who inquired about Gio Gonzalez, also have some interest inWandy Rodriguez" @DKnobler

Knobler tweets "One rival team predicted Yankees for Gio Gonzalez. Yanks do like him" @DKnobler

John Harper of the NY Daily News makes the case that the Yankees "should trade Jesus Monetro to Oakland A's for Gio Gonzalez"

Bob Klapisch tweets "Told #A's asked #Yankees for either Banuelos or Betances, plus Montero for Gio Gonzalez. Not happening." @BobKlap

Joel Sherman tweets "To get Gio from #A's, #Yankees probably would have do 3-way deal because Oak wants hi-end young OFs and NYY has none at Double-A or higher." @Joelsherman1

The Tigers are also interested but it's not sure if they have the pieces to get a deal done.

Susan Slusser tweets "I have had it confirmed that the #Tigers are trying to make a strong push for Gio Gonzalez. #Athletics" @susanslusser

Slusser tweets "The #Tigers aren't sure if they can make as good a potential offer for Gonzalez as the #Yankees might, however. #Athletics" @susanslusser

It seems like Gonzalez will get dealt. Beane is known for capitalizing on value and Gonzalez has never been worth more. The front runner is the Yankees and Montero could be part of the deal. If that's the case, expect Suzuki to get shopped shortly after.

By Truth and rumors
Wednesday, 7 Dec 2011


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