As the clock ticked toward the 2017 MLB Trade deadline, the New York Yankees got their man and acquired Sonny Gray from the Oakland A’s.
UPDATE: According to Joel Sherman of the NY Post, SS/2B Jorge Mateo, OF Dustin Fowler and RHP James Kaprielian are heading to Oakland for Sonny Gray.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 31, 2017
Gray is 6-5 this season with a 3.43 ERA and comes with club control through 2019. Over his last six starts, the 27-year-old has gone 4-2 with a 1.37 ERA and an opponent’s slash line of .164/.215/.271.
This gives the Bombers what seems to be the missing piece to a potential run at the American League Pennant.
They already have a superb bullpen with Tommy Kahnle, David Robertson, Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman on the back-end and the starter with the fifth-best WAR among qualified major league starters (Luis Severino) anchoring the rotation. Gray all but makes the Yankees as legitimate as any top-tier contender.
What also makes Gray an attractive get beyond the 2017 season is the team control. Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia are slated to hit the open market after season’s end, leaving Severino, Masahiro Tanaka and Jordan Montgomery as the only “known” rotation options. Gray changes that and, pending health, could be part of the rotation that brings No. 28 to the Bronx.
Still trying to determine who the Yankees will part with to the A's, but they will add Gray.
— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) July 31, 2017