In the south Bronx, Sonny Gray is like a bad penny.
Though the San Diego Padres displayed an interest in the embattled Yankees pitcher earlier this offseason that has sustained itself into 2019, there's a gigantic left-handed wrench in the works that could prevent Gray's merciful offloading altogether, per insider Jon Morosi.
Sources: #Padres remain interested in acquiring Sonny Gray, but #Yankees no longer certain to move him as long as uncertainty persists about CC Sabathia’s readiness for Spring Training. Padres have not made progress on a Kluber deal, so the wait continues. @MLBNetwork @MLB— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 7, 2019
Yes, the dubious health of CC Sabathia, who underwent a heart procedure in December, has put the brakes on what should have been a routine process to get Gray out of town.
It's no small miracle that ol' CC is still throwing. He can't go deep into games anymore in his advanced age, but he's been surprisingly reliable at the back end of the rotation. The heart issue should give everyone pause, however, and there's zero reason to flame the Yankees for halting any discussions about Gray until the big man is verified to be good to go.