Thirteen weeks later, the New York Yankees are finally making headway on trading starter Sonny Gray to the Cincinnati Reds.
It looks as though the Cincinnati Reds are going to be getting a little Son-shine coming their way.
Yankees, Reds are finalizing the Sonny Gray trade. infield prospect Shed Long and a draft pick are expected to go to NY, and possibly a 3rd lesser piece. Long is an excellent hitter, fair defender. Just need to cross t’s, dot i’s (ie medicals, 40-man considerations, etc.)
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 20, 2019
Of course, fans are now gun-shy when sharing reports of potential trades since the Manny Machado debacle of late 2018, but this one could be incredibly accurate, seeing as how Brian Cashman made it clear that Sonny Gray would likely be traded this offseason.
Various teams have been reported to be in the mix towards the end of 2018 but it seems the Yankees might have found a perfect trade partner with a good return for the oft-criticized Gray.
According to Heyman, the Yankees would be looking to bolster their farm system by adding prospect Shed Long and a draft pick. While another piece might be in play here, the speculation remains that Long and a draft pick would be definites.
As the tragic story goes, Gray arrived in the Bronx prior to the trade deadline in 2017 with the hopes of serving as a starter with control for the next two years. Unfortunately, it went downhill fast for the Nashville, TN native.
Gray struggled mightily as a member of the Yankees, going 15-16 and posting a 4.90 ERA in the 2018 season alone. Gray’s lackluster performance resulted in him being left off both the Wild Card and postseason roster.
On the Reds’ end, Shed Long is ranked currently by MLB Pipeline as the Reds’ No. 7 overall prospect. The Yankees would also snag a great draft pick and a second minor leaguer. Earlier reports indicated that catching prospect Tyler Stephenson was a potential target but the Reds are looking to keep him in their system for a while.
Sonny Gray’s days in the Bronx were already numbered but it seems like the deal is right around the corner. Wherever Sonny Gray ends up, may the skies be a little less Gray for him.