Monday, December 19, 2011

Mets unlikely to acquire Pitcher Gio Gonzalez


Although the Mets recently discussed the possibility of acquiring Oakland starter Gio Gonzalez (as Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports first reported Thursday), they are unlikely to pursue the pitcher, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News.

The thinking went like this: Gonzalez, 26, would still be under team control when Mets prospects Matt Harvey, Jeurys Familia and and Zack Wheeler were ready to ascend to the major leagues. If those young arms remained healthy, they could form a formidable rotation, with Gonzalez at the top.

But one official said that discussions never advanced beyond that conceptual, preliminary phase. “Nothing serious,” he said.

The primary roadblock appears to be Oakland’s asking price (when the Yankees called, they were told to surrender
Jesus Montero and top pitching prospects). The Mets are in the process of restocking their farm system, and are unlikely to empty it for a major league pitcher.

One rival executive, engaging in pure speculation, mused that the Mets could trade Jon Niese to a third team, acquire prospects, and flip those prospects to Oakland as part of a package for Gonzalez. Although that might be the only way to acquire Gonzalez without inflicting undue damage on the organization, there was no indication that the Mets had discussed that idea.

The team’s potential pursuit of Gonzalez was perhaps summarized by one source, who said: "Unlikely, but you never know."
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