Yankees seeking trade for Gray

Rex Christensen
October 13, 2018

Sonny Gray's tenure with the Yankees hasn't panned out almost as well as the organization had hoped, and general manager Brian Cashman candidly told reporters Friday that he plans to explore trade scenarios this offseason (Twitter link via Newsday's David Lennon).

"I do think if I do find a match somewhere for him at some point, then you're going to see what we hoped to see here. I think to maximize his abilities, it would be more likely best somewhere else". "We've been unable to do that now for a year and a half. But if we don't match up, it's also best to continue to try". But sometimes, it just doesn't work out that way.

Cashman indicated that if he can not find a match in trade talks, he's prepared to hold on to Gray. But he wants to trade Gray.

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In today's baseball landscape, that's a breathtakingly forthcoming comment from a GM about his eagerness to trade a player. There was a reason they paid that price. He also posted a 6.98 ERA in Yankee Stadium this season while delivering a 3.17 ERA on the road, so a change of scenery figures to suit him well. The former All-Star who finished third in Cy Young voting in 2015 with the Oakland Athletics will turn 29 years old next month, and his final year of arbitration is 2019.

That value went up in smoke during Gray's time with the Yankees. It didn't get much better there as he was left off the playoff roster after posting a 4.90 ERA over 30 appearances (23 starts).

Gray's worst start in pinstripes came on August 1 at Yankee Stadium against the Baltimore Orioles. One day later, Cashman announced that Gray would be bumped from the Yankees' starting rotation, transferring him to the bullpen for the foreseeable future. "We're entering the winter open-minded to relocation", Cashman said of Gray.

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