Weekly Mailbag: Re-Visiting Sonny Gray, Regrets, and an Off-Season Trade Idea!

Weekly Mailbag: Re-Visiting Sonny Gray, Regrets, and an Off-Season Trade Idea!

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend, and I hope all of those who have returned to school/work have had a smooth transition.  At least we’ve had plenty of good baseball to watch since last weekend, and we’ll have more this weekend with the Yankees up in Boston.

Without any further ado, in this week’s mailbag, we’ll re-visit the Sonny Gray trade, explore a possible off-season trade, and talk about Stanton and the playoffs.  Let’s get at it:

(Photo Credit: Kareem Elgazzar, Cincinnati Enquirer)

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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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(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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Quick List: Yankees Transactions, Signings, and Arbitration News from Jan. 11th

Quick List: Yankees Transactions, Signings, and Arbitration News from Jan. 11th

It’s been a busy day for the Yankees, not only because of the 1PM Arbitration settlement deadline, but also because they have officially announced one MLB signing, finalized a deal for another MLB player, and had two players claimed off of waivers by the Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles.

So far, they have settled with 3 of their 9 arbitration-eligible players, but have had 1 player file for a hearing (which will probably occur in February). As news comes out about the remaining 5 players, we will update this quick list.

However, let’s get to quickly unpacking everything that happened today:

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Yankees Tweet of the Day: Sonny in the Pen!

Sonny Gray Wins In Relief For The Yankees!

The New York Yankees played their second game of a series with the Chicago White Sox in Chicago and the pitching match-up featured Reynaldo Lopez and CC Sabathia. Both needed a better effort from previous starts. Sabathia after his three-inning outing in Boston and Lopez, who has an ERA over 6.00 in his last six starts. Both starters did their jobs, but it took the Yankees thirteen innings to eek out a win!

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