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.