Originally written on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 11/16/14
The 2011/2012 free agent market for starting pitchers wasn’t deep to begin with. Unless teams were willing to shell out upwards of $15 million a year or more for starting pitching, there just wasn’t much out there. Teams that weren’t in a position to contend in 2012 that have starting pitching depth suddenly find themselves in an extremely advantageous position. Two of those teams are the Oakland A’s and San Diego Padres. The A’s have dangled LHP Gio Gonzalez and dealt RHP Trevor Cahill. Reports suggest the A’s asking price for Gonzalez is as high as it was for Dan Haren in 2007 when they traded him to Arizona and there are several interested suitors. The bounty they got for Trevor Cahill? Not exactly the “Dan Haren” payload one would expect. The A’s landed RHP Jarrod Parker (no. 33 ranked prospect according to Baseball America), right handed reliever Ryan Cook and outfielder Collin Cowgill. This seems like a decent enough haul right? Cahill is a quality major league starter...
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