The rumor that the New York Yankees are close to a deal involving Nationals’ southpaw, Gio Gonzalez is false.
Jack Curry reports that the rumor, made first by Rich Mancuso of NY Sports Day was a false report. There is also no overwhelming evidence that supports Mancuso’s report to be true.
Been told that the Gio Gonzalez/Yankees rumor is a bad rumor. The source used a spicier word than "bad," but I want to stay G-rated.
— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) December 6, 2016
Rich Mancuso was the first to report the report, which comes from a “reliable National League source early this morning at the 2016 Baseball Winter Meetings.”
Nothing has been confirmed.
This makes sense, as Washington is currently interested in acquiring the services of Chris Sale, making it more likely for them to cut ties with Gonzalez.
The lefty is coming off a year in which he went 11-11 with an ERA of 4.57 but in the five combined years prior, Gonzalez won 84 games and racked up over one thousand strikeouts.
There is some risk here for the Bombers, as Gonzalez doesn’t become a free agent until after 2018, but with a vesting option (which means he must reach 180 innings in 2017), New York won’t have to employ him beyond next season if he were to be unhealthy throughout 2017.
Mancuso has reported that two minor league prospects and maybe another player are involved. This report is not confirmed, so stay tuned to ESNY as we learn more information.