The Miami Marlins reportedly reached out to the Oakland Athletics to discuss a potential trade for starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez, The Miami Herald reports. Talks for the for the starter reportedly fell apart, however, when the Athletics demanded either Logan Morrison or Mike Stanton in return for the left-handed starter.
Gonzalez, 26, has quietly been one of the better starters in the American League over the past two seasons. In 2011 he posted a 16-12 record with a 3.12 ERA in 32 starts for Oakland, while striking out 197 batters in 202 innings pitched. In 2010 he was equally effective, posting a 15-9 record with a 3.23 ERA and 171 strikeouts in 200.2 innings pitched.
Morrison, 24, and Stanton, 22, are considered to be major parts of the Marlins future outfield. In 2011 Stanton led the Marlins in home runs (34) and RBIs (87) despite battling injuries for much of the season. Morrison finished second on the team in home runs (23) and also contributed 72 RBIs in 123 games played. The Marlins have been very active this offseason, and have been rumored to have held talks with Jose Reyes, Roy Oswalt, Albert Pujols, and C.J. Wilson.