The Miami Marlins were linked to Gio Gonzalez yesterday afternoon, but a mere 24 hours later, it appears that they have given up on their pursuit. According to Clark Spencer from the Miami Herald:
While the Marlins have spoken to the A's about a possible trade for lefty Gio Gonzalez, Oakland's demands for the Hialeah product -- specifically, some sort of package containing either Logan Morrison or Mike Stanton -- have been flatly rejected.
This development comes as no surprise, as Gio Gonzalez is one of the top young left-handed starters in the American League -- he posted a 3.12 ERA and 3.64 FIP in 2011 -- and the Athletics would need to receive quite the package in return for him.
The Marlins seem loathe to part with Logan Morrison, but he's been brought up as a trade chip with every team they've discussed making a trade with. The Rays are interested in him, the White Sox wanted him as compensation for Ozzie Guillen, and now the Athletics are tossing out his name. If the Marlins want to acquire a starting pitcher this offseason via trade, they had better start mentally preparing themselves to trade Morrison.