The Marlins “flatly rejected” the Athletics’ demands for Gio Gonzalez

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Yesterday we talked about the Marlins’ interest in trading for Gio Gonzalez.  Later in the day Matthew broke down the possible players Oakland might ask for in return. Chief among them: Logan Morrison.

Today Clark Spencer reports that, yes, Logan Morrison was a requested player. As was Mike Stanton, but really, that was never going to happen. Either way, the Marlins “flatly rejected” the A’s trade proposals.

Which shouldn’t bug the A’s. They have the valuable pitcher here. As the winter wears on, other teams are going to start freaking out about their rotation and if that happens the likelihood that the A’s will be overpaid for Gonzalez increases.  And hey, if Oakland doesn’t like what it’s being offered, there’s always the trade deadline.

The have the cards. They should be prepared to hold them until the hear something they like.

Yasmani Grandal played himself out of NLCS Game 4

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Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal has not had a good postseason. Entering Monday night’s NLCS Game 3, he was batting .111/.238/.278 in 21 trips to the plate across the NLDS and the first two games of the NLCS.

Defense has also been an issue for Grandal. In Game 1 of the NLCS, Grandal was on the hook for two passed balls. In the sixth inning of Game 3 Monday night, he couldn’t corral a curve in the dirt, which allowed Travis Shaw to score the Brewers’ second run of the night. Starter Walker Buehler was charged with a wild pitch. In the eighth, with Ryan Braun on first base and Shaw at the plate, Grandal again couldn’t corral a pitch in the dirt, allowing Braun to move to second base. Fortunately for the Dodgers, Alex Wood was able to escape the inning with no damage.

Manager Dave Roberts said that Austin Barnes, not Grandal, will start behind the plate for Game 4 on Tuesday night, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. That comes as no surprise at all. When Grandal struck out with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Dodger fans regaled him with boos.

Barnes will be an upgrade defensively, but he’s lacking with the bat. He had an 0-for-3 performance in Game 2, though with an RBI, bringing his career slash line in the playoffs to .200/.281/.300 across 57 plate appearances. During the regular season, his career 100 adjusted OPS is a fair bit behind Grandal’s 115. Roberts is trading offense for defense in Game 4. Rich Hill will get the start opposite the Brewers’ Gio González.