If this is the asking price for Gio Gonzalez then there is no chance the Yankees are going to land him. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Oakland Athletics have asked for a package that includes Jesus Montero, Manny Banuelos, and Dellin Betances in exchange for Gonzalez.
This must be Billy Beane’s way of saying that he isn’t trading Gonzalez to the Yankees because there is probably no chance they include even two of these players in the same deal. Realistically there is no reason to even discuss this at this point.
Gonzalez has a career 3.93 ERA, a 8.59 K/9, a 4.44 BB/9, and a 47.5 GB%. A cheaper and also left handed version of Gonzalez might be the Mets’ Jonathon Niese who has a career 4.39 ERA, a 7.65 K/9, a 2.99 BB/9, and a 49.1 GB%. Niese’s stats suggest that his high ERA might be the result of the Mets poor defense last season.