MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees interested in Sonny Gray but unlikely to trade big prospects

The Yankees have long sought after a starting pitcher to bolster their rotation and with Michael Pineda out for the rest of the season with an elbow injury, they have an immediate need. According to Jon Heyman of, the Yankees have checked in on Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray, but they are reluctant to trade some of their biggest prospects.

Gray, still just 27, was at one point considered one of the best young pitchers in baseball after he finished third in the Cy Young voting in 2015. However, injuries have derailed his career a bit and after a disappointing 2016 season, he is once again struggling with consistency in 2017 — with a 3.72 ERA, a 8.4 K/9 and a 2.8 BB/9.

On the plus side, when considering his age and the fact that he has been able to maintain his health this year, gives reason for optimism. After all, he does have a 3.04 ERA over his last eight starts, a stretch where he only allowed more than three earned runs in an outing once.

Rob’s thoughts: This is going to come down to cost, which will likely remain prohibitive for the Yankees. Over the recent years, GM Brian Cashman has avoided big, splashy deals at the trade deadline and has instead opted for marginal upgrades. For the Yankees to land Gray, they would almost certainly have to part with Clint Frazier as well as other top prospects potentially including pitching prospect Justus Sheffield.

The thing about Gray that makes this a real possibility, though, even if it is a longshot, is his age, and the fact that he doesn’t become a free agent until after the 2019 season. With only Luis Severino and Jordan Mongtomery penciled into the 2018 rotation, that does make him an attractive option.

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9 Responses to MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees interested in Sonny Gray but unlikely to trade big prospects

  1. tom says:

    I personally advise not to make a trade for Gray at all but he fits the plan. The problem is Yankees still are on the hook for Headley, Ellsbury and Gardner and they are not exactly hitting machines so trading top offensive prospects for pitching is not recommended. 5 pitching prospects for Gray is fine by me but I will cry heavily every time he impodes or gets injury. According to those half century fans in this blog, that is a life. hmpf

  2. Ray Rardin says:

    Gray is a cheap controllable starting pitcher for 2018/2019. The Yankees have missed the playoffs the last two years, adding Gray and Alfonso would lessen the chance of a third. Prospects the A's would be most interested in are – Gleyber Torres (ss)(out with season ending elbow injury) and Clint Frasier (of) – but the farm has Jorge Mateo (ss/2b) and Blake Rutherford (of). If a deal is going to be done, would wait a week or right up to the deadline. This allows Gray' to get another start or two and gives the Yankees a clearer picture of the AL East and Wild Card standings. If the Yankees are still in contention of making the playoffs, then need to do the trade. I think a lot of the decision making with Torres and Frasier will revolve around the loaded free agent class of 2018-2019. The money saved by Gray could be used to lure Manny Machado and/or Bryce Harper. If Miguel Andujar (3B) keeps performing well, he could take third while Machado moves to short stop; thereby, Torres could be moved. Same logic for Clint Frazier – Bryce Harper – and Blake Rutherford. To wrap this up – (1) if the Yankees are a playoff caliber team in a week or at the trade deadline, fans deserve management to make a trade(s) that increases the teams chance of playing in October; (2) depending on the organizations 2018-2019 free market out-look, Torres and Frazier are luxuries not necessities.

    • Jack says:

      Agree with your analogy ,however think the Yanks could trade for Gray and Oaklands first baseman for a package that stars with Gardner Bird and 2 or 3 lesser prospects. That's 4 or 5 good players for 2 . I really don't think Hal and Cashman have the balls to get this done and us Yankee fans are looking at another year out of the playoffs.

    • buckeyeballs says:

      with the wild card format everyone is in contention except 2 or 3 teams-you have to have the guts to admit you're not that good and be sellers. I've said this before but we lose the pitching match ups with Boston Houston and Cleveland and none of the names out there help. They may help us get 85 wins , maybe, but that's it. Would love to get rid of Gardy but no market for corner outfielders exists. CC and Castro have the most value of their tradeable commodities. Would not give up on Bird. One more year of being a seller makes sense to me . We can enjoy watching Judge the rest of the way. They can get better starters in the off season and then I'd consider trading top propspects like the Sox did for sale

      • Jerry says:

        Quintana would have been a big upgrade, unless we can pry Darvish away from Texas at what cost, I don't know. .. some posters keep saying we didn't sign Sale or Quintana, those were trades and cost a lot in terms of prospects. You need to have a plan…. look at the Knicks, that's a team with no plan. I'm not sure who is available this winter, but I'd rather sign a free agent then trade valuable prospects when clearly this team is not good enough yet. Patience my friends will reward you and keep you in the race for several years. Sign young free agents and then trade from strength.

  3. hotdog says:

    Yankees have been interested in a lot of players…they got Cooper but a guy like Sonny Gray would cost some prospects…maybe the price tag is too high but the Yankees need to start focusing on pitching for this year but especially for the next few years when they should be more competitive…

  4. ERIC PELLIS says:

    Playoffs? Playoffs? Some of you fans are so greedy that the long range plan doesn't even enter into your minds. Why in the world would you trade some of your top prospects for a quick fix. Stay the course and ride this season out and believe me you will all be happy that we did. A future team of Sanchez, Judge, Bird, Frazier, Torres, Wade, Fowler, Rutherford, Severino, Montgomery, Adams, Shefield, Kap, and free agents don't excite you? Nothing turns on a fanbase more than home grown talent and thank God that some of you are not the GM.

  5. buckeyeballs says:

    take rutherford off your list. Hopefully that is all they do.

  6. ERIC PELLIS says:

    In Rutherford they just traded my favorite prospect. So sad, this kid was born to a Yankee.

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