As the Sonny Gray sweepstakes intensifies with what could be his final start with the Oakland A’s Tuesday night, the potential suitors for the Oakland “ace” are beginning to firmly take shape with multiple teams involved, and the Yankees may be out in front emerging as a front runner.
The Athletics have set their sights squarely on the Yankees No. 5 prospect and the 91st overall ranked prospect, 19-year-old Estevan Florial who currently is patrolling centerfield for Low-A Charleston.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network has reported the A’s are prioritizing a center field prospect if they are going to move Gray by next week. Very similar to Blake Rutherford who was recently moved in the deal with Chicago, Florial is believed to have a very high upside but is a long way away from the big league level.
Source: In Sonny Gray talks, #Athletics prioritizing young center fielders. They have interest in #Yankees prospect Estevan Florial. @MLB
Many believe the Yankees were able to part with the highly touted Rutherford because they feel Florial has a higher ceiling and could be a dynamic left handed bat and plus defensive center fielder after he develops and progresses through the minor league ranks.
The question now becomes will the Yankees, led by GM Brian Cashman, part with the rapidly emerging and budding young Florial in a package for Gray in an attempt to solidify the rotation after already solidifying the bullpen, as they make their second half push toward the postseason.