CINCINNATI (WKRC) – Reds may have added another starter.
Jon Heyman from Fancred and MLB Network reports that Reds and the New York Yankees are completing a deal that would bring right-handler Sonny Gray to Cincinnati in exchange for smaller league-spider Shed Long, a draft and possibly a third player.
Gray was 11-9 in 23 starts for the Yankees in 2018 with a 4.90 ERA and 123 strikes in 130 innings struck. Previously, he spent four and a half seasons with Oakland Athletics, sending a 44-36 record with a 3.42 ERA in 114 matches. He finished third in the AL Cy Young Award 2015 poll and was named for the AL All-Star team.
The 29-year-old is apparently close to the new Reds pitching coach Derek Johnson. Gray pitched for Johnson while at Vanderbilt.
Gray is on the $ 7.5 million books in 2019 before reaching the free office.
Long, 23, considered a top 10 prospect in the Reds farm system that played the entire 2018 season in Double-A Pensacola. He batted .261 with 12 races and 56 RBI in 2018. Long is a career .272 hits in smaller leagues with 50 home ground and 211 RBI in six professional baseball seasons.
Red's roster will already look different in 2019, as the team acted as the starters Homer Bailey to Dodgers for outfielders Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp, left-handed Alex Wood and infielder Kyle Farmer. Also to the Reds organization was Tanner Roark, which the team acted in exchange for Tanner Rainey.
Gray, Farmer and Roark would participate in a group of starters candidates who would also include right-handed Luis Castillo, Tyler Mahle and Anthony DeSclafani.