Thursday, December 15, 2011
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported tonight that the Mets are amongst several teams who remain interested in acquiring Gio Gonzalez from the Oakland Athletics. Gonzalez, who won 16 games in 2011, will remain under team control through the 2015 season. As a result, the Athletics will certainly seek premium in return.
On the surface, I simply see no way the Mets can offer the best package when looking at the teams they're potentially offering against. My best guess tells me that the Mets would have to offer a minimum of one of their top for pitching prospects, along with several other various players/prospects. My guy also tells me that their interest in Gio might be the result of the fact that he will still be on the team, possibly on the cheap, when whatever remaining pitching prospects reach the major league level.
Ultimately, I see this as nothing more than a tease by the front office. It would deplete the farm system they've tried so diligently to build over the last 12 months. Could I be wrong, maybe. Would I be happy if they made the deal, possibly. I just don't think its going to happen.