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Reds finalizing trade for Sonny Gray

Reds finalizing trade for Sonny Gray

The A's, Brewers, Braves, Mariners, Padres, and Reds have also been linked to Gray, but don't appear to be at the forefront of talks, according to Heyman. While GM Brian Cashman had previously suggested that the Yanks could hold Gray into the 2019 season despite voicing a preference to find a change of scenery for Gray, that possibility became less likely when CC Sabathia was cleared to resume baseball activities following a December angioplasty procedure. It's worth noting that if the trade gets done he'll be reunited with pitching coach Derek Johnson, whom he flourished under as an amateur at Vanderbilt University.

Sonny Gray has managed only a 15-16 record since being traded to the Yankees in 2017. He finished last season 11-9 with a 4.90 ERA, losing his rotation spot in the process.

But Gray's splits are encouraging.

The right-hander seemed to implode in every single appearance in the Bronx, pitching to a miserable 6.98 ERA at home.

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There is a strong contingent of Reds fans who don't like the proposed move.

The Cincinnati Reds have a lot of talented infielders in their farm system. Cincinnati also traded for former Washington Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark and Los Angeles Dodgers starter Alex Wood this offseason. The Reds still have Nick Senzel (No. 1), Jonathan India (No. 4), Jose Israel Garcia (No. 13), Alfredo Rodriguez (No. 20), and Jonathan Willems (No. 26) among their top Minor League prospects. The Boston Red Sox had targeted Ottavino, as well, but NY clearly has serious plans to upgrade its roster its nemesis ended its 100-win season in the 2018 American League Division Series.

The Reds met Happ's request for a three-year deal and offered him the largest guarantee, according to major-league sources.