The Most Talked About Yankees Trade Is Completed: Sonny Gray to the Reds; Becomes 3-Team Deal Late with the Mariners Also Involved.

The Most Talked About Yankees Trade Is Completed: Sonny Gray to the Reds; Becomes 3-Team Deal Late with the Mariners Also Involved.

Moments ago, Jeff Passan of ESPN tweeted that the Yankees and the Reds have officially traded Sonny Gray to play in Cincinnati.

Currently, the total return for the Yankees is unknown, yet many reports before the deal became official listed that 2B prospect Shed Long will be in the deal, which Jeff Passan had confirmed would be heading to New York, for a moment.

However, Passan now reports that the Mariners will be getting Long, and the Yankees are getting back OF prospect Josh Stowers from the Mariners. Ken Rosenthal has confirmed this reporting.

In addition, it was reported that the Reds were talking to Sonny Gray about an extension by both Ken Rosenthal and Jon Heyman over this past weekend (check out our coverage from this past weekend, here).

Now, Ken Rosenthal is tweeting that a Gray extension has been announced for 3-Years (2020-2022), $30.5 Million (with a 2023 club option, plus bonus incentives). Keep in mind, Gray is already under contract for 2019 at a salary of $7.5 Million from arbitration.

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Yankees Baseball Card Trivia at Noon : Yankees Relief Pitchers

Yankees Baseball Card Trivia at Noon : Yankees Relief Pitchers

ProfRobert here.  SSTN has kindly permitted me to curate this week's baseball card trivia contests.  As tomorrow is it overwhelming likely that Mariano Rivera will be elected to the Hall of Fame, this week, in his honor, we'll be covering some of the Yankees' past star relievers.

Let’s get to it…

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Guest Post - Stop Worrying About Machado, Harper (by John Rizzo)

Guest Post - Stop Worrying About Machado, Harper (by John Rizzo)

We thank John Rizzo for this guest post today.

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With the recent acquisition of DJ Lemahieu, it is all but certain that Yankees have given up on trying to land Manny Machado, and likely Bryce Harper as well.  People all over Yankee nation are up in arms about management's seemingly half-hearted attempt to land the All-Stars proclaiming that The Boss would have never let such players slip from his grasp. But I think we need to take a step back, take off our super fan hat, and put on our manager/CEO hat. 

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The NY Post Listed Their Top 10 Yankees... Here Are My Top 10, Who Are Yours?

The NY Post Listed Their Top 10 Yankees... Here Are My Top 10, Who Are Yours?

Here is a fun exercise for a Sunday afternoon. The New York Post asked its baseball writers to list the Top-Ten Yankees of all time.

I decided to follow their lead and list mine as well. I also made a few other shorter lists as well.

I created my lists before looking carefully at the lists in the Post, although I would guess the Top-10 lists are very similar.

Please add your list to the comments!

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The Yankees Way? A Brief Look At How The Championship Were Built, Pt. 3: 1932

The Yankees Way? A Brief Look At How The Championship Were Built, Pt. 3: 1932

I contend that throughout their history, when the Yankees have been successful it is because they have used their great financial strength to acquire the necessary talent in order to build the best teams possible.

I decided to look at this in summary form to test my theory. In this series, I am examining the various successful championship periods in Yankees history. I will look at the team’s starting players and find out how they were acquired to see if my perspective is correct.

Some of the data used for this installment comes from Mike Whiteman who wrote the next post in this series on the 1936-39 Yankees.

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(Updated) Weather Forecast: Gray Skies Soon Clearing in NYC; Sonny Days for Cincinnati Inbound

(Updated) Weather Forecast: Gray Skies Soon Clearing in NYC; Sonny Days for Cincinnati Inbound

Throughout this offseason, there have been many moves that have had just about daily coverage involving where certain players will be signing or where certain players will be traded. Of these players- Harper, Machado, Kimbrel, etc- one Yankee pitcher has been linked in trade talks to just about every team in baseball.

Within the last week, Jon Heyman tweeted that at least 7 teams (Reds, Padres, Brewers, A’s, Padres, Mariners, and Braves) were interested in trading for the Yankees pitcher, and two other teams (Marlins and Mets) were linked to him much earlier in the offseason by Max Wildstein.

However, it now appears that the Cincinnati Reds have emerged as the one team to finally end this wild ride of rumors involving Sonny Gray.

Per Jon Heyman, the New York Yankees and Reds are finalizing a deal to send RHP Sonny Gray to Cincinnati for a package of two prospects- most notably 2B Shed Long- and a 2019 draft pick. All that is left is for some 40-Man Roster crunching and the passing of physicals.

As this deal becomes finalized, reports will be updated.

UPDATE #1: Both Ken Rosenthal and Jon Heyman have tweeted this morning about a potential hold-up in the finalization of this trade, see inside for details.

UPDATE #2: Rosenthal now reports that the deal is not expected to be completed tonight, and the Reds negotiating window could be closing tomorrow after 72-hours in talking with Sonny Gray. Other options may be taken if deal is not completed by then.

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