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MLB Trade Rumors: New York Yankees Should Pass on Sonny Gray


Heading into the last few days of the MLB Trade Deadline, it had seemed like the New York Yankees were the front runners to land Sonny Gray from the Oakland A’s.

Now, it seems like they may not get the ace pitcher from Oakland given the latest demands.

Heading into late Thursday night, reports had indicated that the Oakland A’s were demanding either Clint Frazier or Gleyber Torres in return for Sonny Gray. This is much different from the earlier rumblings that Oakland was looking to acquire Jorge Mateo, Domingo Acevedo and Estevan Florial.

Mateo, Acevedo and Florial are all highly ranked prospects in the Yankees system. But to make the jump from them into the system’s crown jewels like Torres and Frazier is asking for much more than expected.

Oakland asking for them in this potential trade package could also mean that the A’s have other offers for Sonny Gray and they are raising the ante up on the Yankees. Aside from the Yankees, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros were all reported to having interest in Gray as well.

If that is the case, and Oakland is looking to get even more out of the Yankees for Sonny Gray, then it’s best for Brian Cashman to pass and look elsewhere for starting pitching.

Sure, Sonny Gray is a good pitcher. But is he that good to the point where you start handing over the best players to come from the system; one of which is now a current starter on the major league level in Frazier?

That answer, is no. It’s no 100 times out of 100.

The Yankees parted with Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller in order to land Torres and Frazier in their respective deals last summer. Those deals were the reason why the Yankees were able to build their farm system into one of the best in baseball and have put themselves in the position they are in now.

By trading either of them away, especially for someone like Sonny Gray, it takes away from the process. Sonny Gray is a good pitcher. But he’s not a game changer that will help get the Yankees to the World Series like for say, Chris Sale would.

The Yankees would be better off to hang onto their young guys like Torres and Frazier since they are both building blocks for the future that looks bright. And if Oakland keeps on persisting for them, then the Yankees should look elsewhere for another starter; one that won’t cost them their future.


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Doug Rush
Doug Rush is a 13-year professional journalist who found his way to the Inscriber Digital Magazine in September of 2016. Before graduating college, his first ever job in the industry was with the Asbury Park Press in 2004 covering high school sports. After graduating from Ocean County College in 2007 and Ramapo College of New Jersey in 2009, he became a featured writer for Bleacher Report, covering both the New York Yankees and New York Giants from June of 2009 until his departure in 2013. In March of 2013, he joined Sports Media 101, where he was a featured writer for Giants 101 and the lead writer and editor for Yankees 101 and Knicks 101. He served there until leaving in July of 2016. Rush is current members of the Pro Football Writers Association of America and the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America.

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