And the hits just keep on coming, this time from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, who tweets that two sources have told her that the Jays are “in” on A’s left-hander Gio Gonzalez.
Ahh, but don’t get too excited just yet. Slusser adds that there are 12 teams supposedly talking to the A’s about Gonzalez. And MLBTR’s headline on the matter tells us that the A’s are unlikely to trade him before the Winter Meetings are though.
It’s tough to get a good read on how an A’s pitcher can translate his success outside of Oakland’s crazy pitcher’s park, but there are a couple of red flags. Gonzalez has “only” been worth just over 3 wins in each of the last two seasons, with jumps of nearly a run in both FIP and ERA when on the road. And he walks a lot of guys– 4.44 per 9 innings for his career, with a K/9 rate of 8.59.
A nice, young, innings-eating starter controllable through 2015, to be sure. But maybe not someone I’d want to see the Jays give up the farm for.
UPDATE: Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail tweets that he has heard the same rumours as Susan Slusser, and adds that the Jays could be part of a three-team deal. Facilitate away!
So… there’s that.