The New York Yankees are going all in this season, as the Bronx Bombers added Sonny Gray to there starting rotation. The A’s and Yanks finally consummated a long-rumored trade with an hour to go before baseball’s trade deadline on Monday. Gray, who was drafted and developed by the A’s, represents a huge upgrade to starting rotation for a Yankees team that desperately needed it.
Source: Sonny Gray will be traded to the Yankees.
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Gray is 27 and in his fifth major league season. He has a career record of 44-36, with an ERA of 3.42 and a WHIP of 1.20. In 16 starts this season, the Vanderbilt product is 6-5 with a 3.43 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 94 strikeouts against 30 walks in 97 innings. His best campaign came in 2015, when Gray posted a 14-7 record, a 2.73 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and tossed 208 innings with an fWAR of 3.7.
The A’s get a solid return for Gray, as Jorge Mateo, Dustin Fowler and James Kaprielian are all well-regraded prospects. Fowler was ranked fourth in the organization, while Mateo was eighth and Kaprielian was 12th according to MLB.com. Fowler is also ranked 77th in baseball on MLB.com’s top 100 list.
With Michael Pineda out for the year, the Yankees needed someone to step up as a No. 1 or No. 2 option. Their only chance was to get that person via trade, and Gray fits the bill. It helps that he’s also under control for two more seasons.