After months of rumors, it seems that the Yankees are finally switching to Sonny Gray. Jon Heyman reports that the Bombers are finalizing an exchange that would send the right-hander badaulted to the Cincinnati Reds. In return, the Bombers will receive a prospect in the Shed Long field, a Competitive Balance Round, a draft pick, and possibly a minor prospect. Ken RosenthaFirst I had that the Reds were progressing yesterday.
Gray, 29, had a disastrous season in 2018. He pitched at a 4.90 ERA (4.17 FIP) in 130.1 innings. The nadir of his season came on August 7, when he allowed seven runs in 2.2 innings against the humble Orioles. That performance took him out of the mound and degraded him to the bullpen.
The nightmarish campaign resulted directly in Gray's landing in the commercial market. Brian Cashman made it explicitly clear that he had no interest in keeping the pitcher. "It's been a year and a half" he told Erik Boland of Newsday back in November. "I'm not going to be Sisyphus pushing the rock uphill and rolling it back on top of me, it does not work."
The Yankees acquired A's Gray on the trade deadline in 2017. He possessed a 4.51 ERA (4.40 FIP) in stripes. That's not the kind of production that the club imagined when they sent James Kaprielian, Dustin Fowler and Jorge Mateo to Oakland. They got a responsibility with extreme divisions in the home instead of a controllable front-line start.
It is fair to say that New York recovered some of the capital potential that they exchanged for Gray. Long, 23, spent all of last season at Double-A Pensacola. He hit .261 / .353 / .412 with 12 homers (120 wRC +) in more than 126 games. According to MLB Pipeline, he has the potential to be a quality bat in the majors:
"Despite his 5-foot-8 foot frame, Long has demonstrated the ability to consistently impact baseball.The power is legitimate, coming from an outstanding bat speed and very fast hands." He crossed out some, but his walk rate He increased in 2017 and has shown to be willing to use all the fields.With an average speed in the best of cases, Long is an aggressive base runner who took 21 bases in 2016, although that number decreased to nine in 2017. When he started his professional career, he moved to second place in 2015, allowing his bat to take off, and he has worked to become an appropriate defensive infielder. "
He ranked seventh among the 30 best prospects for the Reds, and will now give the Yankees farm system the necessary depth on the player's position side.
Now the Yankees can finally move out of Gray's saga, and that's a good thing. We will have more about the deal soon, so stay tuned. However, how do they all feel about it? Let us know in the comments section!