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Yankees Want Gio Gonzalez

February 4, 2011

Ken Rosenthal tweeted this morning that following the retirement of LHP Andy Pettitte, the Yankees are looking into the trade market for left-handed starters and Rosenthal mentioned one name being our Gio Gonzalez.

While starting pitching is clearly a source of depth for our club, I would not want to trade Gio Gonzalez to the Yankees for several reasons. First off I think Gio has a lot of upside. Every year Gio has been walking fewer and fewer batters (6.6BB/9, 5.1, then 4.1 last season) and though his K/9 numbers have fallen he is still a strikeout threat (7.8 K/9). He led Oakland pitchers last season with 3.2 WAR. But most importantly for a club like Oakland (and very unimportant to a club like New York) is that Gonzalez isn’t eligible for arbitration until after this season and is under club control through 2015.

As mentioned yesterday when discussing Bruce Chen still having gainful employment in Major League Baseball despite horrific numbers, left-handed pitchers are a hot commodity – quality be damned. But we have a good left-handed pitcher in Gio Gonzalez. He only will get better. His curveball is one of the best in the game, certainly the best in Oakland since Barry Zito, that was whiffed on 17.6% of the time comes in at 78.9 mph, couple that with a live 92.3mph four-seamer and you can see how Gio could be a strikeout machine as he’s been throughout his career.

Furthermore I just don’t see how Brian Cashman could convince Billy Beane to part with Gio Gonzalez. We have a need for more offensive at third base. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that isn’t a position that the Yankees will have anything to offer us at. While they have some intriguing players, none really fit Oakland’s needs. While the Yankees and A’s have dealt before with the aid of a third team (Carlos Pena) , the Yankees know that the A’s are a team they could face come October, and are also a team they could be duking it out for the wild card with. I just do not see this happening in any way so there is no cause for alarm.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. languid permalink
    February 5, 2011 4:41 pm

    how about Gio for their new back-up 3rd baseman…he would fit in nicely, and comes cheap. Sort of in the all-star underdog Frank Thomas/Eric Chavez mold. Wait….


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