The long and winding road traveled by Sonny Gray and the New York Yankees ended Monday, when he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds. The deal finally went down after Gray agreed to a three-year, $30.5 million contract extension with the Reds.
Gray talked with MLB Network about his trade, and had nothing but nice things to say about general manager Brian Cashman.
“Cash, he was very transparent with me throughout the whole process. It was long and kind of drawn out a bit but he was very transparent with me, which was nice on his part. Really all I could ask for.”
Cashman had been trying to trade Gray, who failed to live up to his potential following the 2017 non-waiver trade deadline with the A’s, since the start of the offseason.
Gray was 15-16 with a 4.51 ERA since coming over from Oakland. By the end of the 2018 season, Gray had been banished to the bullpen and finished with a 11-9 record and 4.90 ERA.
Cashman tipped his hand about wanting to move Gray back in October, per NJ Advance Media’s Brendan Kuty:
“I think it’s probably best to try this somewhere else,” Cashman said of Gray, who has gone 15-16 with a 4.51 ERA in 41 games (34 starts) since the Yankees acquired him from the A’s before the 2017 trade deadline.
This environment can bring out the best in certain individuals,” the GM said. “It can bring out, obviously, the worst in certain individuals. This is a unique environment.”
“Someone, if they trade for him, is going to get the player that we wanted,” Cashman said.
He added, “It hasn’t worked out this far. I think he’s extremely talented. I think that we’ll enter the winter unfortunately open minded to a relocation. Probably to maximize his abilities would be more likely best somewhere else.”
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In exchange for Gray, the Yankees received a 2019 Competitive Balance Round A draft pick and Double-A second baseman Shed Long, who promptly was flipped to the Seattle Mariners for outfielder prospect Josh Stowers.
(NJ Advance Media’s Randy Miller contributed to this report.)
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