Marlins Rumors: A's Want Stanton Or Morrison For Gio Gonzalez?

The Miami Marlins have been rumored to be interested in acquiring a top-level pitcher to bolster their starting rotation for next season, and that's led them to Oakland A's starter Gio Gonzalez. A deal isn't likely, though, as Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald is reporting that the A's asked for either Mike Stanton or Logan Morrison in any deal based around Gonzalez, and the Marlins have flatly rejected that proposal.

Gonzalez, 26, was Oakland's top starter in 2011. He's pitched 200+ innings in consecutive seasons, posting sub-3.25 ERA figures in both years as well. His peripheral numbers aren't quite as strong, his FIP marks are in the 3.6-3.8 range, but he's a durable, above-average pitcher that misses a ton of bats. If his command can take a step forward, he could even improve from his current level of performance.

Even so, it's not remotely surprising that the Marlins wouldn't deal Stanton. He's one of the best young players in the game and the kind of guy that has best-player-in-the-game upside. It's a little more surprising that the Marlins aren't interested in dealing Morrison, but they clearly have visions of a dominant young lineup for next season.

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