Oakland Athletics GM Billy Beane has a hot commodity in his hands, and he knows it. Left-handed hurler Gio Gonzalez has teams from the New York Yankees to the Kansas City Royals drooling, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
With the market that swamped with potential buyers, Beane (always a shrewd seller) figures to extract something more akin to a ransom than a fair price from whomever lands Gonzalez.
Luckily for those teams who eventually lose out (or bow out) on Gonzalez, there are other, better values to be had. Some of them are risky, but in general, they're going to cost much less than Gonzalez, and some could be as good an investment.
Here are 10 names to watch if the auction for Gio Gonzalez gets too rich for your favorite team's blood.