Originally posted on Sun Sentinel  |  Last updated 12/22/11
Tough pill for Marlins fans to swallow Thursday. Not only is native son Gio Gonzalez not coming to the Marlins, he’s headed to the division rival Washington Nationals. The Marlins, as did many other teams, coveted Gonzalez. At 26, he’s already one of the game’s top left-handed starters. Asked during the Winter Meetings to characterize the starting pitching trade market, President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest used the words “tough” and “painful.” He might have been understating things. According to source in regular contact with the Marlins front office, the Athletics demanded either Mike Stanton or Logan Morrison in any deal for Gio Gonzalez. And that was just one component of the package. It’s probably fair to speculate the Athletics requested at least two more top prospects, including Christian Yelich and/or Marcell Ozuna. The Nationals gave up right-handers Brad Peacock and A.J. Cole, catcher Derek Norris  and left-hander Milone. Baseball America rated Peacock and Cole t...
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