Seattle Mariners Interested In A’s Pitcher Gio Gonzalez

SEATTLE (WA)– According to senior baseball writer Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.com the Seattle Mariners are now in on Oakland A’s pitcher Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez, 26, has been the subject of endless trade speculation this off-season even after Oakland traded Trevor Cahill.

The Mariners join the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Miami Marlins, Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers. The Mets are an interesting addition given their lack of movement this off-season and their lack of tradeable prospects. There hasn’t been a clear cut favorite to land Gonzalez yet which is why the teams have been coming and going with interest.

For Seattle the report is interesting because the Mariners are heavily involved in free agent first baseman Price Fielder and needing a major offensive boost not more starting pitching. With Felix Hernandez and Michael Pineda at the top of the rotation Gonzalez would figure to be the No.3 if acquired.

Danny Hultzen, the Mariners No.2 overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft is expected to break the 25-man roster out of spring training giving the Mariners another young arm. Jason Vargas, Blake Beaven and Charlie Furbush also started for the Mariners last season.

If you want to look into what a possible package would look like it would start with first baseman Justin Smoak, so long as Prince Fielder is already signed by Seattle. Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said that should the Mariners sign Fielder Smoak would be traded.

So with this news fans can take it one of two ways. One, it’s just a rumor and slight interest without any volume behind it. Two, the Mariners are closing in on signing Fielder and looking into possible trade involving Smoak.

 

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  • Joel

    “Jack Zduriencik said that should the Mariners sign Fielder Smoak would be traded.”

    Do you have a link to this statement? Unless you have some inside information that wasn’t publicly released, this is a dishonest, misinformed, and irresponsible report. I’d check that fact if I were you.

    What Jack Z HAS publicly said is that he is in the market for more starting pitching. Here’s a link to one of the many places hes cited for wanting starting pitching:http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20111212&content_id=26150084&vkey=news_sea&c_id=sea

    • Lars Hanson

      Joel: Thank you for your comment, however you are not fully informed. Zduriencik told Jon Morosi of fox Sports.com ““Mariners would make Justin Smoak available via trade if they signed Prince Fielder”.

      As I correctly reported “Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said that should the Mariners sign Fielder Smoak would be traded.” IF the Mariners sign Fielder then Smoak would be made available, most likely for pitching ala Gio Gonzalez, or possibly a third basemen.

      Pertaining to your article, yes the M’s are always in on pitching: “Every club in baseball looks for pitching,” he said. “You’re always looking for starting pitching.”

      Thanks for your comment.