The Royals are interested in Gio Gonzalez

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The Royals are currently scouring the trade market for starting pitchers and according to Jon Heyman of SI.com, they have expressed interest in Athletics’ left-hander Gio Gonzalez.

We heard late last month that the Marlins discussed a potential deal with the A’s, but balked at the asking price of either Logan Morrison or Mike Stanton.

Heyman notes that Royals prospect outfielder Wil Myers is coveted by others, so he would likely the centerpiece of any deal with Oakland. However, it’s worth noting that the Royals reportedly turned down a deal last month that would have sent Myers and Lorenzo Cain to the Braves for Jair Jurrjens and Martin Prado. Myers, who turns 21 on Saturday, is regarded as one of the best hitting prospects in the game, so the A’s wouldn’t be able to pry him away easily.

Gonzalez, 26, went 16-12 with a 3.12 ERA and 197/91 K/BB ratio over 202 innings with the Royals this season. The southpaw is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter as a Super Two and remains under team control through 2015.

Athletics and Mariners to begin the 2019 regular season in Tokyo

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Oakland A’s and the Seattle Mariners will begin the 2019 regular season in Japan, in the Tokyo Dome.

The series will mark the third time that the A’s will begin their season in Japan, first doing it in 2008 against the Red Sox and then again in 2012 against the Mariners.

This is just the latest of Major League Baseball’s moves to expand the the game internationally. In addition to those previous series in Japan, the Dodgers and Diamondbacks opened their season in Australia in 2014 and the Dodgers and Padres will play a series in Mexico City this May. There has likewise been talk of the Mets playing a series in London, though those details have not yet been worked out. Obviously the World Baseball Classic represents the league’s effort to broaden the global scope of the once national pastime.

Get ready for early morning baseball, folks.