Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is gaining a lot of traction on Sonny Gray, as the Brewers have entered as a new potential candidate to acquire the starting pitcher.
Unfortunately, Gray has been horrific since being traded from the Athletics to the Yankees two summers ago.
During the 2017 season with the A’s, Gray went 6-5, posting a 3.43 ERA, while striking out 94 and boasting a 1.6 WAR. After the midseason trade to New York, Sonny went 4-7 with a 3.72 ERA, striking out 59 and a 1.0 WAR.
Last season at home, Gray posted a 6.98 ERA, going 4-4 in 59.1 innings, while giving up 46 earned runs and 11 home runs. Away from Yankee Stadium, he posted a 7-5 record and 3.17 ERA in 71.0 innings, giving up 25 earned runs and three home runs.
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He also held the opposition to a .226 BAA — while wearing pinstripes; hitters clobbered him to the tune of .318.
It’s clear that Gray can’t handle the spotlight and big market — as he is an entirely different pitcher outside the Bronx.
The positive statistics away from home are what will help general manager Brian Cashman trade Gray to another club and possibly flip him for something of value in return. Perhaps the Brewers believe Gray can rediscover his old form in a smaller market without constant media scrutiny.
Now that Patrick Corbin has signed with the Nationals for six-years, $140 million, there’s one less starting pitcher on the market, which only increases Gray’s value — giving Cashman even more leverage. The Winter Meetings are almost here, and with all the GM’s in one centralized location, Cash can definitely get creative.