The New York Yankees attempt to receive something legitimate in return for starting pitcher Sonny Gray seems to have hit a bit of a snag.
According to Brandon Kuty of NJ.com, any discussions regarding the righty have yet to seriously sink in with any club.
Brian Cashman, of course, has already gone out of his way to announce Gray will not be with the Bombers in 2019. Seemingly hamstringing himself in negotiations, it appears as though Cashman is aiming a little too high.
None of the teams who’ve expressed interest in the former Oakland Athletics employee have come close to biting. One team, in particular, the Cincinnati Reds, remain hesitant based on asking price.
The Reds have been (balking) the price for Sonny Gray high to this point. The Yankees don’t seek the very top prospects, but the ones just below, Double-A and Triple-A pitchers the Reds prefer not to trade.
All told, 11 clubs have expressed interest in Gray.
“I’ve had a lot of interesting dialogue, whether it’s for prospects, whether it’s for major league, our need for their need,” Cashman said at the Winter Meetings. “Whether it’s part of a complicated, larger situation that involves prospects and major leaguers going both ways. So I think we’ve had a little bit of experience with all aspects of it.”
Despite Gray’s poor stat-line in New York—15-16 with a 4.15 ERA—he is a serviceable starting pitcher in a sport that craves such types.
A spot in the rotation is just that—a spot in the rotation. Thirty ball clubs across the land simply need innings eaters who’ll stay healthy and get them across the finish line. Sonny Gray fits this bill for many teams.
Expect a deal to go down eventually. Perhaps, also expect the asking price to dwindle as time marches on.