We all knew Sonny Gray‘s days as a New York Yankee were numbered, and it appears his tenure in the Bronx is rapidly approaching its end. Andy Martino of SNY reported that the Yankees “have multiple offers on the table” currently and are now “in the process of weighing them”.
Martino said in a follow-up tweet that there are “approximately 11 teams on Gray,” and Max Wildstein of Gotham Sports Network listed the Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants among the interested teams. Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported that there’s been communication between the Yankees and his former team, the Oakland Athletics, as well.
Brian Cashman could not have been more clear about his intention to move Gray. “Once we feel comfortable with the return, we’ll make the decision to move him,” Cashman said in early November. “But the plan is to move him because I don’t want to keep going through the process of something that won’t work here.”
After being acquired at the 2017 Trade Deadline from Oakland for Dustin Fowler, James Kaprielian and Jorge Mateo, Gray pitched to a brutal 6.55 ERA in 88 innings at Yankee Stadium, and an overall 4.51 ERA in his 195⅔ innings as a Yankee. His obvious appeal comes from the other side of the home/road split, as he maintained an impressive 2.84 ERA in 107⅔ innings away from Yankee Stadium. He’s projected by MLB Trade Rumors to make $9.1 million in arbitration this offseason, and will be a free agent after the season.
Leave it to Cashman to create an 11-team bidding war for a pitcher who was widely regarded as a failure last year. I’d imagine a deal for Gray gets done sooner rather than later because of two approaching roster deadlines. All teams must set their 40-man roster for December’s Rule 5 Draft by Tuesday, November 20. It’s unclear how many players the Yankees are looking to protect this offseason, but they will undoubtedly be making moves to ensure Gray does not take the spot of a prospect with a future in New York.
The second deadline would be Nov. 30, which is the deadline for teams to decide whether they will tender pre-arbitration and arbitration players a contract. If Gray somehow remains on the Yankees roster through the 40-man roster deadline, he’ll definitely be dealt before the Yankees are responsible for the $9.1 million he’s projected to receive.