Results tagged ‘ Jenrry Mejia ’

Gio Gonzalez rumors continue to swirl

On Thursday, the list of suitors for Athletics starter Gio Gonzalez was deemed by FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal to essentially look like this: Mets, Mariners, Marlins, Red Sox, Reds, Rangers and Nationals. On Friday, a few more-specific rumors were thrown around regarding the 26-year-old left-hander.

CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman tweeted that the Mets wouldn’t include Jonathan Niese, Ike Davis, Matt Harvey, Jenrry Mejia or Jeurys Familia in a deal for Gonzalez, making it really hard to even fathom them in the race considering the A’s previous demands. Oakland, Heyman added, seeks a huge package for Gonzalez, who’s arbitration-eligible for the first time after combining to go 31-21 with a 3.17 ERA with 368 strikeouts and 183 walks the last two seasons.

The Tigers are only deemed to be on the “outskirts” for Gonzalez, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick, and the Yankees are unwilling to surrender top prospects Jesus Montero, Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances, according to Heyman. MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reports that the Nationals are “all but out” on Gonzalez because of that asking price.

The Rangers, however, could be in play, considering they have top prospect Mike Olt and the A’s are looking for a future third baseman, notes FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi. However, as ESPN.com’s Buster Olney says, 20-year-old Rangers lefty Martin Perez would “almost have to be” included in a deal between the A’s and Rangers.

For now, the situation remains awfully fluid.

And it should gain a lot more steam once the Yu Darvish situation is settled.

– Alden Gonzalez 

Mets don’t view Mejia’s injury as a trade deterrent

The Mets received an updated diagnosis Monday on injured starter Jenrry Mejia, who has a strained right posterior cuff. Though it’s impossible to say how actively the Mets would have shopped a healthy Mejia, it’s fair to deduce that an injured Mejia — now one with a history of shoulder problems at the age of 20 — will command less value on the trade market.

The Mets, however, publicly aren’t worried about that much. They feel that within their farm system — from Fernando Martinez to Wilmer Flores to others — they have enough to offer teams in return for a top-flight veteran starter. And they still see Mejia as a potential centerpiece in any deal.

“From Mejia to other players, we have some good prospects,” general manager Omar Minaya said Monday. “If you look at our talent, if you look at some of the guys we brought up, we do have some young players that can be attractive for other teams.”

The Mets, of course, are most interested in adding a starting pitcher to their rotation — though it has to be one that the team feels can out-perform either R.A. Dickey or Hisanori Takahashi.

–Anthony DiComo

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