The New York Yankees have made it an offseason to remember. Unlike others, this one has come with just a bit of silly drama.
On New Year’s Eve, it was reported that Manny Machado had followed YES Network on Instagram until he later, unfollowed them. This added even more craze to the air. Only a day later the Yankees went out and signed their new shortstop.
The deal, according to multiple sources does not take the Yanks out of the running for Machado.
While the market continues to develop for Machado and Bryce Harper, the Yankees have begun strengthening their bullpen. They struck a deal with Zach Britton, three-year $39 million.
They did not stop there.
Adam Ottavino has been linked to the Yankees as of recent. Especially since old set-up man, David Robertson signed with Philly. Not to mention, Dellin Betances is entering a contract year. It is imperative that a guy like Ottavino joins them.
Amidst the recent Yankee drama and swirling rumors, there is still one question that has yet to be answered.
Where is Sonny Gray going to land?
Brian Cashman made it clear that Gray had earned himself a one way ticket out of New York. Even going so far as saying…
Let it not be forgotten that back in the summer of 2017 the Yankees parted with three prospects who were highly touted within the organization to acquire, Gray.
For Gray, he is flirting with being a promising player, but also a underachiever.
Flashback to 2013 in the ALDS with the Oakland A’s, Gray outdueled prime Justin Verlander to tie the playoff series. He was also an All-Star back in 2015, posting an ERA of 2.73 and having an above average year in 2017, splitting time between the Yanks and Athletics.
It’s clear what the former Vanderbilt star is capable of, but it is time for a change.
Many teams have expressed interest and who wouldn’t with a guy who’s only 29 and has plenty of upside? Recent reports suggest that Gray could start the season with the team but nothing is out of the question with Cashman’s recent comments.
Sonny Gray could come to Spring Training as a Yankee, Brian Cashman said.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) January 4, 2019
"Our intention is to move Sonny Gray and relocate him, when we get the proper return, in our estimation. It'll happen this winter, it'll happen in the spring or it'll happen sometime during the season."
The Atlanta Braves are a team that could perfectly suit Gray. They have a rotation that in consists of; Mike Foltynewicz, Julio Teheran, Sean Newcomb, Kevin Gausman, and prospect Touki Toussaint.
Gray isn’t quite a “veteran” per say, but has been in some big spots during the course of his career. He is someone who could potentially provide some leadership down the stretch if the Braves were to make a run. Atlanta could use an extra arm in the rotation and with one of the top farm systems in the game the Yankees would likely be satisfied with almost any of the Braves higher ranked prospects.
Gray would benefit from a change of scenery, to somewhere not on quite on the stage of New York. His best years came while pitching for the Athletics and there is no reason to think that another small market like Atlanta wouldn’t bring about good times for Gray.
The San Diego Padres are another team that could use Gray. They hardly have a number one guy in their current rotation. San Diego is another location with a believed top be top farm system. Not to mention, Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers are special bats on offense.
Sliding Gray into the rotation now could provide aid to any possible future pitchers on the team. There is no pressure for him to succeed, but if he turns it around the team could be a force to be reckoned with.
The final team that could use Gray is the Philadelphia Phillies. They have a special one-two punch in Aaron Nola and Jake Arrieta. After those two though, the Phillies rotation goes down significantly. All three other potential starters have never had a season with an ERA below 4.00.
Zach Eflin, Nick Pivetta, and Vince Velasquez are all young but unproven. They could stand to learn from a potential trio of Nola, Arrieta, and Gray. Neither Harper nor Machado seem impressed with Philadelphia. And the Phillies missed out on Patrick Corbin. They need to make every attempt to get Gray.
If the Yankees feel as if CC Sabathia’s health is in serious jeopardy, Gray is going to stay in New York to open up the season. But if the Yankees are in the division race come July and their is another big name on the market, Gray will likely be shown the door.
One way or another Gray has plenty of suitors that the Yankees could ship him off to.