The latest out of the Winter Meetings has the Phillies talking to Oakland about left-hander - and former Phillies prospect - Gio Gonzalez and they've put Domonic Brown's name in to start their proposal.
Gonzalez pitched at Double-A Reading in 2006, his only season in the Phillies organization. He was initially drafted by the White Sox with the 38th overall pick in the 2004 Draft, but came to the Phillies the preceding December to complete the Jim Thome deal. After the 2006 season, the Phillies packaged Gonzalez with Gavin Floyd back to the White Sox in the ill-fated deal to bring Freddy Garcia to Philadelphia. Since then, Gonzalez was again traded, heading to Oakland in January, 2008 as part of a package to get Nick Swisher.
In his career with Oakland, Gonzalez has pitched in all or part of the last four seasons and has shown solid progress each year. In 2011, Gonzalez went 16-12, 3.12 in 32 starts for Oakland and he's thrown 200 or more innings in each of the past two seasons.
Chicago appears to be launching on an all-out rebuilding effort with the trade of Sergio Santos to Toronto.
As for Brown, huge struggles late in each of the last two seasons have marred some of the shine from his prospect star. A potential change of scenery could be just what he needs to set himself on the right course.
The Phillies got into the bidding for Gonzalez a little late and there are reportedly up to a dozen teams with serious interest in acquiring the 26-year old lefty.