3 players Yankees wish they still had on current roster

New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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1. Sonny Gray

We’re not here to argue whether some players were or weren’t built to succeed in New York. What matters here is that the Yankees could prove to benefit from more starting pitching, and Sonny Gray has ironically morphed back into a stud with Cincinnati since being traded there last January after a forgettable tenure in the Bronx.

In 34 starts for the Yankees, Gray finished 15-16 with a 4.51 ERA, an equally egregious 1.416 WHIP and a 2.0 WAR . Across 42 starts with the Reds following the trade, he’s 16-11 with a 3.07 ERA, 277 strikeouts, a 1.115 WHIP and a 3.1 WAR. Those numbers really make you ponder why he couldn’t channel that All-Star caliber level of pitching with the Yankees.

It’s hard to say if New York should regret unloading Gray, but they would undoubtedly take this version of him on this current roster. Imagine having a reliable third starter in the playoffs behind Gerrit Cole and Masahiro Tanaka? The Yankees simply don’t have that luxury right now, and it could (emphasis on could) prove to be their downfall when all is said and done.

Much like Gallegos, we’d take this improved version of Gray on this Yankees team any day of the week. Since that isn’t possible, here’s to hoping that Deivi Garcia, or whomever wins the No. 3 job, proves us wrong.