Gio Gonzalez Offer Flatly Rejected
This morning, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald’s Fish Bytes Blog wrote about the latest in the murmurs we hear about a Gio Gonzalez to the Miami Marlins deal. He wrote,
“While the Marlins have spoken to the A’s about a possible trade for lefty Gio Gonzalez, Oakland’s demands for the Hialeah product — specifically, some sort of package containing either Logan Morrison or Mike Stanton — have been flatly rejected. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle suggests in her blog that the A’s, based on their history, could hold out for a premium deal involving prospects for the 27-year-old All-Star (see their 2007 Dan Haren trade), and the last time I looked, the Marlins aren’t exactly bursting at the seams with highly coveted prospects.”
It is nice to see Billy Beane doing a go big or go home with Miami here. This rumor sort of backups the previous rumor of a deal that’d have sent Morrison, Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins’ #1 and #2 prospects Oakland-bound for Gonzalez. I must say however I am surprised that the Marlins wouldn’t go for – by my reading of this – any deal that involves Morrison. In a fascinating piece also out of the Miami Herald earlier this week, Dan LeBatard wrote,
“The Miami Marlins, changing even their name to fit a changing country, are looking to become Latin America’s team, catering to the fastest growing minority in the United States, throwing unprecedented dollars at an experiment that will prove, once and for all, right there on Calle Ocho, whether Major League Baseball can indeed work in our weird and wonderful market.”
One would think the acquisition of a homegrown star of Latin American descent like Gio would fit well into that narrative, yet it seems like the club is balking at trading Logan Morrison of all people – a player who is more famous for his Twitter feed than anything he has done in 185 games on a Major League Baseball field. Morrison was a 1.0 WAR player, and while I’d like to see him on the A’s and think he will be better than that with time (he is only 24) if you talked straight up Gio Gonzalez for Morrison that deal would be a terrible one for Oakland. If the Fish don’t want to include Morrison or Stanton, I just don’t see how a deal gets done.
Spencer in his piece, via Slusser talks about how the A’s want a Haren-like haul for Gio Gonzalez – something that frankly is completely reasonable to pry away such a good young left-hander – furthermore given his ties to Miami one has to think he is more valuable to the Marlins than he might be to another club. Haren, who was packaged with Connor Robertson went to Arizona bringing back a haul of Brett Anderson, Chris Carter, Aaron Cunningham, Dana Eveland, Carlos Gonzalez and Greg Smith. For perspective’s sake Baseball America had the D-backs sending their 1st (Gonzalez), 3rd (Anderson), 7th (Cunningham), and 8th (Carter) prospects to Oakland along with two other guys. Florida meanwhile is hesitating over Morrison who has been worth 2.2 WAR in 185 career games, with a .259/.351/.460 slash line, .353 wOBA, and 25 home runs in 812 plate appearances. A guy who has been a poor defender at that. I am not knocking Morrison here, but if you as an organization aren’t willing to trade a guy like him to get a frontline starter – how the heck do you expect to get a frontline starter?
If things do not change, it looks increasingly likely that Gonzalez will not be going to Miami. The Yankees are a constant rumor generator – it seems he is destined go somewhere this offseason, could New York be that place?