Sonny Gray likely to be dealt this offseason says GM Brian Cashman

Ruben Hill
October 15, 2018

The New York Yankees are very ready to say goodbye to Sonny Gray this offseason, and odds are the feeling is quite mutual.

The Yankees will be seeking to trade starting pitcher Sonny Gray this offseason, general manager Brian Cashman announced in a press conference at Yankee Stadium on Friday. While he was guarded in most things around the team's direction over the offseason, one thing he was quite clear about was that the team meant to move on from Sonny Gray.

He added, "It hasn't worked out this far". "I would predict that it's in our best interest to see if we can match up with somebody and give him the opportunity to do that somewhere else and I think they'll be in better position to unlock what he's truly capable of". I think that we'll enter the winter, unfortunately, open-minded to a relocation. "I think to maximize his abilites would be more likely best somewhere else". "While he's here we're going to do everything in our power to find a way to tap into his talent". So we'll see. Stay tuned.

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

In today's baseball landscape, that's a breathtakingly forthcoming comment from a GM about his eagerness to trade a player. Surprisingly, it was a different story after he was traded to the Yankees - posting a 4.51 ERA in a little over a season and a half - giving up 98 earned runs, 193 hits, and 25 homers while striking out 182 opponents.

Why are the Yankees shopping Sonny Gray?

The Yankees acquired Gray last summer from the A's in a trade for prospects James Kaprielian, Jorge Mateo and Dustin Fowler. There was a reason they paid that price. At the time of the deal, Gray had a 3.43 ERA with Oakland in 97 innings with a 30/94 BB/K ratio.

The Yankees demoted Gray to the bullpen in August after he posted a 5.56 ERA as a starter in 23 games.

With some of the luster already off of his shine, Gray was part of the opening day rotation for the Yankees this season, but he had struggles from the start, with his typically hard stuff to square up suddenly quite hittable, as hitters posted a.267 average against him where he normally sat in the.215-.225 range.

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