Heyman | Yankees and A’s remain engaged on Gray trade talks

31 July 2016: Oakland Athletics Starting pitcher Sonny Gray (54) [9102] delivers a pitch to the plate during the first inning of Major League Baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
(Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The New York Yankees and Oakland A’s remain heavily engaged in trade talks for Sonny Gray, and the sides are optimistic something can get done.

Even after landing Jaime Garcia from the Minnesota Twins, the Yankees have kept their focus on Gray as their top rotation target, and both sides have compromised over the past several days to a point where a trade looks probable. The A’s dropped their request for either Gleyber Torres or Clint Frazier, but the Yankees have a deep prospect stash, including Estevan Florial, James Kaprielian, Justus Sheffield, Dustin Fowler, Jorge Mateo and many others.

The Yankees are in contact with Yu Darvish, as well, but prefer the idea of adding a 20-something pitcher such as Gray, with two more years of control.

If the Yankees do land Gray, Garcia would become a long man.

On the season, Gray is 6-5 with a 3.43 ERA over 97 innings of work; he has struck out 8.7 batters per nine innings while walking 2.8 and sporting a 1.175 WHIP. The 27-year-old right-hander was originally scheduled to pitch Sunday, but was scratched as trade talks continue. Rather than pitch in Sunday’s series finale against the Twins, he is instead scheduled to start on Monday against the San Francisco Giants; Monday’s game begins after the trade deadline will have passed.

New York has already been active on the trade market. In addition to Garcia, New York acquired third baseman Todd Frazier and relievers Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson from the Chicago White Sox last week.

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