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Report: Yankees acquire Sonny Gray from Athletics

What is today’s weather forecast? Well, it’s officially Sonny with a chance of Pinstripes.

Jack Curry of the YES Network announced the Yankees have acquired Sonny Gray from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Jorge Mateo, Dustin Fowler and James Kaprielian.

All afternoon, the Yankees and A’s have been working on a deal for Gray, and many were skeptical it would get done. In the end, Brian Cashman came away like a ninja; he gave away two players who would miss the entire season with injuries, all while keeping Estevan Florial, Justus Sheffield, Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier.

Gray, 27, is 6-5 with a 3.43 ERA this year. He’s been especially good over his last six starts, going 4-2 with a 1.37 ERA while holding opponents to a .164 batting average. Gray was originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 27th round of the 2008 amateur draft, but didn’t sign; the A’s selected him 18th overall in 2011.

Over parts of five seasons in Oakland, Gray went 44-36 with a 3.42 ERA. His best season came in 2015 when he garnered his first and only All-Star selection. That year, Gray finished third in the AL Cy Young voting with a record of 14-7 and a 2.73 ERA over 208 innings.

With Gray officially in the rotation, it gives the Yankees some breathing room regarding their rotation 2017 and beyond. Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia are slated to become free agents after this year, and Masahiro Tanaka could exercise his opt-out clause. It also allows the team to monitor Jordan Montgomery‘s innings; Montgomery hasn’t pitched more than 143 innings in his career.

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