General manager Brian Cashman has made it very clear that he intends to trade Sonny Gray this offseason. Since acquiring the right-hander from the Oakland Athletics, Gray has struggled mightily, posting a 15-16 record with a 4.31 ERA.
Prior to landing in New York, Gray was an All-Star caliber pitcher and Cy Young Award finalist for the Oakland Athletics. Unfortunately, Gray was unable to figure it out in New York, and Cashman believes that a change of scenery is probably best for the 29-year-old.
With the MLB Hot Stove kicking into gear, it appears that Gray is drawing a lot of trade interest from opposing clubs.
According to SNY’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are “inching closer” to trading Gray. Martino adds that the Yankees have multiple offers on the table, and are in the process of weighing their options.
Both Jon Heyman of FanCred and Jon Morosi of MLB Network have added to this report, stating that the Reds are one of the teams interested in acquiring Gray. Heyman believes that the Yankees are “determined” to trade Gray, which coincides with Cashman’s comments from earlier in the offseason.
Given that Gray has struggled, it will be interesting to see what the Yankees can get in return. With a handful of teams desperate for starting pitching help, the Yankees might be able to acquire some quality talent if they do in fact decide to part ways with Gray.
With the Rule 5 Draft less than a month away, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a trade (or more) completed as we get closer to December. The Yankees have a few players on their 40-man roster that could be moved to free up additional roster spaces for players they don’t want to lose via the Rule 5 Draft.
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