The Mets are among at least six teams pursuing A’s LHP Gio Gonzalez, FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal said on Twitter.
The Tigers, Phillies and Blue Jays have also reportedly shown interest in Gonzalez.
My hunch is that Rosenthal heard the Mets name either because of their previous interest in Andrew Bailey, or perhaps they’re part of some sort of three-way deal.
I’ve heard from more than one person that the Mets have had substantive talks about Niese with the Jays, who have also been mentioned repeatedly in rumors involving Gonzalez. The people I’ve talked with say the Mets like Jays C Travis d’Arnaud, as do many other teams. Also, the word in baseball has been that Billy Beane is looking for the type of prospects that most teams refuse to include in a deal for Gonzalez, like Marlins OF Mike Stanton. So, perhaps the Mets and A’s are considering something creative involving their two, young left-handed starting pitchers?