On July 31, 2017, the Yankees sent three solid prospects to Oakland Athletics in exchange for Sonny Gray, who was expected to immediately stabilize New York's start rotation.
At that time, it seemed like a smart deal for the Yankees who acquired a formidable right-hand man who had been an all-star in 2015. But it never worked that way. Instead, in early August last season, a fighting Gray had been buried to the bullpen. And when the off-season arrived, Gray was rejected by the team's roster for both rounds. Not much later, General Manager Brian Cashman made it clear that he was ready to trade Gray elsewhere.
The shift of nature could benefit Gray, who is 29. Then his reunion with Derek Johnson, who was his pitching coach at Vanderbilt University and has now taken the same role with Reds.
Gray went 11-9 for the Yankees in 2018, but the winning record covered an ugly deserved running average of 4.90, pointing to his ongoing frustrations at the height. External observers found that he had never found a comfort zone in the Bronx.
As a trading condition, Gray went in for a three-year, $ 30.5 million. Contract extension with Reds. He was already due to $ 7.5 million in 2019 in what would have been his last season before the free office. All in all, he now guarantees $ 38 million over the next four seasons, and his contract also requires a $ 12 million club opportunity for the 2023 season.
The deal for Gray is the latest off-season movement of Reds as they attempt to switch from rebuilding to relevance. Other veterans bought by the Reds this winter include the edges Tanner Roark and Alex Wood and outfielders Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig.
As for the Yanks, they lose pitching depth with Grey's departure, but that didn't seem to matter much to Cashman. Currently, the Yankees rotation in 2019 will constitute Masahiro Tanaka; Luis Severino; C.C. Sabathia, who had a minor heart surgery last month, but has since been cleared for baseball activities; James Paxton, who was acquired in a trade with Seattle earlier this winter; and yes. Happ signed for a two-year $ 34 million contract last month. Behind them will be Domingo German, Luis Cessa and Jonathan Loaisiga.
Gray published a respectable 3.17 E.R.A. in 71 innings on the road last season, as opposed to a miserable 6.98 mark in nearly 59 innings at home. It suggests that Gray may be doing better in Cincinnati, where media coverage will also be less intense than in New York. Then again, Reds & # 39; Stadium, Great American Ball Park, is a bandbox that actually catered for Reds & # 39; thinking by signing Gray for an extension.
The Red believes that the small dimensions of their parks make it difficult for the team to attract talented jars. In Gray, the Reds saw an opportunity to unlock a veteran starter who has had past success and to make it at a reasonable price. If Johnson, who helped Gray become one of the most successful jars in Vanderbilt's history, can get Gray back on track in 2019, Reds can feel good at acting.