The New York Yankees set out on a mission to trade Sonny Gray this offseason and things appear to be heating up.
Things said to “ramp up” in Sonny Gray trade talks since CC Sabathia was given clearance to pitch. At least 6 teams said to be involved. Reds are one. Padres, Brewers, A’s, Padres, Mariners, Braves among others linked to Sonny.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 14, 2019
It has been no secret how the Yankees have been trying to move the 29-year-old starter with general manager Brian Cashman announcing to the media he would like to move him at the Yankees end of season press conference. As the offseason has progressed though, Cashman has yet to pull the trigger on a deal.
With CC Sabathia undergoing heart surgery, some around the league felt New York would hold onto Gray as a new hole could potentially open up. Sabathia has been cleared to begin baseball activities, and Cashman has begun to shop Gray again.
LHP CC Sabathia underwent a scheduled follow-up stress test earlier today. He has now been cleared to begin working out, which will include baseball activities.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) January 8, 2019
Of the six teams reportedly interested in Gray, all but two of them are from the National League. Moving him to the NL would be the best case scenario for him since he would be pitching in pitcher-friendly parks. However, an offer would have to meet what Cashman wants, which has been a problem.
There really should not be a huge ask for Gray considering how he’s struggled mightily during his time in New York. He has better splits on the road than he does at Yankee Stadium, but that is not enough for Cashman to demand a huge haul.
Expect him to settle for a lesser package, but the Yankees will move on from Gray at some point in 2019.