Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit baseball rumors. From Ken Rosenthal:
Sources: #RedSox trying to get G. Gonzalez, Bailey in "monster" deal. #Rangers, #Rays also on Bailey. #Nationals team to beat on Gio. #MLB
When I read the world "monster", it triggers something in my brain that reads the whole tweet in John Malkovich's voice from Rounders, which makes Ken Rosenthal that much more interesting.
A Bailey/Gonzalez package in the same deal? When I think about how many prospects that would take, I'm reminded of the Thomas Lennon quote from "Mind Match":
All ... all of them.
But SB Nation's Marc Normandin isn't so sure, telling us that ...
Bogaerts/Lavarnway are their only off the table guys, as far as I know.
Those are the two pieces they don't want to give up because they think that's the next wave of cost-controlled guys who let them do what they want on free agency.
Sounds about right, but if they're going to compete with the Nats, the idea of untouchable for non-Bryce Harpers probably has to be a little flexible. It would certainly take a wheelbarrow full of young players going over to Oakland, and probably a few rolls of quarters so they could afford sodas once they got there.