The New York Yankees made it very clear in the beginning of the offseason that they had intentions of trading Sonny Gray. While that may not have been the best feeling in the world for Sonny Gray, especially coming off a miserable 2018 season, but he likely understands that baseball is a business and business can be cruel.
Following the acquisition of the James Paxton and the resigning of CC Sabathia and J.A. Happ, there was realistically no room for Sonny Gray in the rotation for the final year of his contract. If you are Gray you are almost hoping to get traded so he can start fresh with a new organization and save his career. Gray will be going to the Cincinnati Reds once the trade is finalized. The Reds finished last place in their division in 2018, so it was safe to say they could use some help in every department.
Gray arrived in the Bronx in the middle of the 2017 regular season following a midseason trade. He was 6-5 with a 3.72 ERA in 11 starts with the team. Nothing crazy, but it was certainly acceptable and fit the Yankees’ needs at that time. The 2018 season, on the other hand, was an absolute nightmare for him. Gray posted an ERA near 5.00 and even lost his job as a starting pitcher in the middle of the season due to his struggles. The Yankees figured that this was the perfect time to trade him and not risk being stuck with another lackluster year out of him. The Yankees, in return, will be receiving an infield prospect and a draft pick. The baseball world wishes the 29-year old Gray the best of luck in his new endeavors as he looks to possibly return to his 2013-2015 form.
In other news, the Yankees signed reliver Adam Ottavino to a three-year deal, bolstering their bullpen even further. It would appear now after the moves they made to their pitching staff this week that they are in fact done offseason shopping; in the pitching department that is. Now the baseball world waits to see if they have another trick up their sleeve; the trick being the signing of Manny Machado or possibly even Bryce Harper.
Following the signing of Troy Tulowitzki and DJ LeMahieu, it was made very clear that the Yankees were realistically not going to sign Machado. While it was a nice thought for Yankees fans, it is just not the move they are able to make anymore. They might have been able to about a few weeks ago, but now not so much.
It would not surprise anyone that this would be the last you would hear from the New York Yankees this offseason.