Name: Gio Gonzalez is a 26 left handed pitcher for the A's. Small for a pitcher, 5-11, 205 lbs
Contact: He is going into his 1st of 3 arbitration years (3 years of team control). He is close to being a 3 to 4 WAR pitcher. He would be worth, as a FA, $17.5m/year using 1 WAR = $5M/yr. Using a weighting of 0.4, 0.6 and 0.8 for his arbitration years, he looks to make $7M, $10.5M and $14M. Note: I am not the best with contracts so it would be great if someone checked these numbers.
Fastball (4 seam): 93 to 95 MPH (used 30% to 40%)
Fastball (2 seam): 91 to 93 MPH (used 20% to 35%)
Curveball: 10 to 4 curve: 80 to 85 MPH (used 25% to 30%)
Change: 81 to 85 MPH (used 6% to 8%)
A key to remember with Gio is that he plays half his games in Oakland, which suppress offense. The park factors for wOBA 95/94 (LHH/RHH) and Home Runs 89/80. He does a good job of keeping the ball on the ground and a great K rate. His main problem is the 4+ BB/9 walk rate.
Injuries: none yet
Conclusion: Gio would become the Royals top pitcher if we traded for him. His numbers are close to Paulino's with a better K/9. I would expect his ERA to be closer to his FIP, xFIP and SIERA since he would be getting out of the spacious park in Oakland.
A trade would have to center around Montgomery or Myers or both. I am not sure what market inefficiency Beane is after now, but I am sure the Royals will probably get the short end of the stick. Gonzalez would be a nice addition to the rotation depending on what it would cost the Royals in return.
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