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 FanRagSports.com, 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.