MLB rumors, trades and free agency updates: A's interested in Gonzalez, Harvey; Mariners want to add to bullpen – CBS Sports

The 2018 Winter Meetings at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas are less than 48 hours away. The Winter Meetings are traditionally the busiest and most hectic four days of the offseason. There will be trades, free agent signings, and rumors. Lots and lots of rumors. We here at CBS Sports will have wall-to-wall Winter Meetings coverage.

Of course, this offseason has already been pretty busy. Robinson Cano and Paul Goldschmidt have been traded, among many others, and big name free agents Josh Donaldson, Patrick Corbin, and Nathan Eovaldi have signed. Last offseason was painfully slow. The pace has been much better so far this winter, thankfully.

Here is a roundup of Saturday’s hot stove news and rumblings. Make sure you check back throughout the day for updates.

A’s have checked in on Gonzalez, Harvey

As part of their search for starting pitching, the Athletics have checked in on free agents Gio Gonzalez and Matt Harvey, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Gonzalez started his big league career with Oakland and pitched for them from 2008-11. Harvey makes sense as the type of low-cost reclamation project the A’s love. Here’s more from Slusser:

“There are a number of starting pitching options out there both through free agency and trade conversations,” A’s general manager David Forst said on a conference call, noting that both markets tend to heat up at the winter meetings. “Obviously we haven’t made any transactions yet, but not for a lack of conversations or activity.” 

At the moment the A’s projected 2019 rotation includes Daniel Mengden, Frankie Montas, Chris Bassitt, Aaron Brooks, and Paul Blackburn. Oakland non-tendered Mike Fiers last week and starters Sean Manaea (shoulder), Andrew Triggs (thoracic outlet syndrome), Jharel Cotton (Tommy John), and Daniel Gossett (Tommy John) are

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