|This about sums it up...|
Let's just get straight to the numbers, they're kind of stunning considering Gonzalez plays in Oakland, a team that hasn't had a sniff of playoff action in quite some time:
Gio Gonzalez (age 26 on Sept 19)
Arb Eligible: 2012, Free Agent: 2016
- 3.23 ERA
- 1.31 WHIP
- 4.1 BB/9
- 3.12 ERA
- 1.32 WHIP
- 4.1 BB/9
Arb Eligible: 2012, Free Agent: 2013
- 3.06 ERA
- 1.18 WHIP
- 2.6 BB/9
- 2.79 ERA
- 0.986 WHIP
- 1.8 BB/9
Ken Rosenthal lists the same suitors for Gonzalez would obviously be a good fit for Hamels. One team and player that intrigues me --and would be the only way I'd be abe to swallow a Hamels trade-- would be the Texas Rangers and Michael Young. It's no secret the Phillies would love to have Young's bat, no secret that Young would prefer to play in the field instead of DH, and it's also no secret the Phillies have already dangled Placido Polanco's name during the winter meetings in Dallas this past week. Polanco would be a nice AL part-time DH/3B/2B at his age and recently fragile state.
Let it be known that while I understand this is yet again another example of the right-between-the-eyes business side of baseball, I don't think I'd have the quijones to make this trade in a million years. Actually, I know I'd never do it as I am a big fan of Hamels and with a little run support in some close games in the past 2 years, he probably wouold have been top 1-3 for the Cy Young award. But, I'll take Hamels any day with a 5th place finish in the Cy Young voting in 2011 as our 3rd starter any day.
I'm never sleeping again until the meetings in December are over.