The New York Yankees have officially unloaded starting pitcher Sonny Gray to the Cincinnati Reds for a solid haul. The Yanks will be receiving a top prospect from a deep Reds farm-system and a supposed high draft-pick.
The Reds stalled on the deal as Gray is on the final year of his contract and wanted to ensure that he would be signing an extension to stick with the club for the forseeable future.
General manager Brian Cashman managed to secure second-base prospect Shed Long in the deal, bringing in another solid infielder to add to a potential rotation in the future. Currently, the Yankees have the young Gleyber Torres, who will likely remain there for the remainder of his career in the Bronx. If he suffers and injury or is out for a prolonged period of time, it would allow Long to step in and showcase his abilities.
A safe bet for the Yankees:
There was no question that New York was going to trade Gray, but for what was the ultimate question. The Reds certainly took a flier on the struggling pitcher, but believe he can bounce back and regain his former quality. The Yankees seemed to have the better side of the deal, as they gained a player and draft pick to continue building their team through youth development.