It was reported yesterday that the New York Yankees were close to dealing right-handed starter Sonny Gray, and according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Cincinnati Reds are "making progress" in their talks with the Yankees about Gray, seemingly leading the late push.
At least a half-dozen teams were believed to be interested in the former Oakland A's All-Star, but as it stands at the moment, Cincinnati is the favorite to land him.
The 29-year-old has one year left of arbitration until he becomes a free agent after the 2019 season. He didn't pitch like the frontline starter he was with Oakland as a member of the Yankees, as he posted a 4.90 ERA in 30 appearances (23 starts) last season.
If this swap is completed, a draft pick could be involved...
Reds, a favorite all along, are still trying for sonny gray, as @Ken_Rosenthal said. Teams are talking about prospects and possibly a draft choice. NYY hoping to complete a deal soon.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 18, 2019
...as well as a few of Cincinnati's relatively high-end prospects.
In Sonny Gray talks, Yankees have shown interest in 2B prospect Shed Long and C prospect Tyler Stephenson from Reds, among others, who have a nice prospect list. A draft pick could also factor into a potential Sonny deal.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 18, 2019
Moving out of New York's home ballpark will help, but it might not be any better if half his starts are made in the hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark (though his old college pitching coach will help matters)