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Dodgers eyeing another former Cy Young candidate?

Sonny Gray in the dugout

After coming up short in this year’s playoffs, the Los Angeles Dodgers could be going back to their fundamentals: acquiring another big name.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports reported this week that the Dodgers are interested in former Cy Young candidate Sonny Gray, having engaged in trade talks with the Cincinnati Reds. Fellow Reds starter Luis Castillo was also included in those discussions, Nightengale adds.

The 32-year-old Gray twice finished in the top seven of Cy Young voting in 2015 and 2019. He went 7-9 last season with a 4.19 ERA and 155 strikeouts in 26 starts. Castillo, himself an All-Star in 2019, is an interesting name as well. But he struggled in 2021 and has mostly been a one-season wonder.

The Dodgers are facing rotation uncertainty with Max Scherzer and club icon Clayton Kershaw hitting free agency. Gray and Castillo each have two seasons left on their respective contracts, and the Dodgers still have not fully depleted their farm system for use in a potential trade. Of course though, the last time that the Dodgers landed a Reds pitcher did not work out too well.

Photo: Jun 24, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) smiles in the dugout at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Bauer ready to challenge teammate Sonny Gray?

Trevor Bauer

There’s a rivalry forming between two Cincinnati Reds starting pitchers, but it’s one that the team will probably be very happy with.

Reds pitcher Sonny Gray was excellent Friday night, striking out ten batters in 6.2 innings in an 8-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The ten strikeouts bring his season total to 45, which is the highest tally by any Reds starter through five starts in the modern era.

Teammate Trevor Bauer made it clear that he’s out to top that.

Bauer is scheduled to start Saturday for Cincinnati. He enters that outing with 32 strikeouts in three starts so far, which means he certainly has a realistic chance of matching or besting Gray’s mark.

The 29-year-old right-hander seems to be in a pretty good place this year, and his 0.93 ERA would back that up. Pitchers are notoriously competitive and staffs feed off each other when one of them is pitching well, so don’t be surprised to see Bauer with some added motivation as long as Gray is doing the job he is.

Sonny Gray leaves with injury after four shutout innings

Sonny Gray

Sonny Gray was having his best start of the season with the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, but the right-hander was forced to leave the game with an injury.

Gray allowed just two hits over four innings against the Miami Marlins, but he took a comeback line drive off the calf in the second. He remained in the game for a while after that before being pulled.

Gray struck out six batters prior to exiting, so he seemed to really be cruising along. After a rough season with the New York Yankees last year, he has been solid over his last two outings with Cincinnati. Hopefully the injury is nothing significant.

Reds reportedly negotiate extension to complete Sonny Gray trade

Sonny Gray

The Cincinnati Reds will acquire pitcher Sonny Gray, according to reports.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan and The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, the Reds agreed to a new contract with Gray and will subsequently complete a trade with the New York Yankees.

Gray posted a 4.90 ERA with the Yankees last season, the worst of his career. The 29-year-old still boasts a 3.66 ERA over his career and is young enough to get back on track.

Previous reports indicated that the Yankees were getting a pretty good haul for Gray despite his down season in 2018.

Report: Reds finalizing trade for Sonny Gray

Sonny Gray

The Cincinnati Reds are working hard to beef up their roster for the upcoming season.

The Reds are finalizing a trade with the New York Yankees for starting pitcher Sonny Gray, according to a report. FanCred’s Jon Heyman says Cincinnati is trading prospect Shed Long and a draft pick to the Yankees as part of the deal.

Long is a 22-year-old second baseman who spent last season at Double-A, batting .261/.353/.412 with 123 strikeouts in 126 games. The pick in the deal could be the No. 36 overall selection, which is fairly high.

That wouldn’t be a bad haul for the Yankees, who wanted to get rid of the underperforming Gray.

The Reds will now have acquired Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Alex Wood, Tanner Roark and Gray this offseason. They should be much more competitive this year following a lowly 67-95 season.

Report: Reds ‘best positioned’ to acquire Sonny Gray

Sonny Gray

The Cincinnati Reds appear more likely than ever to acquire Sonny Gray from the New York Yankees.

According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the Reds are “best positioned” to acquire the starting pitcher after trade talks have advanced further in recent hours.

It sounds as though trade talks have been steadily progressing, with the Reds clearly in the lead. They’re hoping that they can help Gray rediscover the form that made him such a highly-coveted pitcher when he was with the Oakland Athletics a few seasons ago. It seems increasingly likely that the two sides will get this over the line.

Report: Reds making progress in Sonny Gray trade talks

Sonny Gray

The Cincinnati Reds look to be the strongest suitor for New York Yankees pitcher Sonny Gray.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Reds are “making progress” in discussions to acquire Gray from the Yankees.

Gray trade talks had quieted down a bit before a recent resurgence, with the Reds most prominently linked. A lot of teams have been involved in the discussions, but Cincinnati looks to be the frontrunners. It makes sense, as they’ve been linked to a lot of starting pitchers this offseason.

Once touted as a future star for the Oakland Athletics, a move to New York never really agreed with Gray. He’s coming off a season that saw him post a 4.90 ERA and lose his spot in the rotation, so he’ll be hoping that any trade helps revitalize a once-promising career.

Giants reportedly in trade mix for Sonny Gray

Sonny Gray

The New York Yankees are looking to trade Sonny Gray, and a new suitor in the market has emerged.

According to FanCred’s Jon Heyman, the San Francisco Giants are interested in trading for the pitcher.

Gray, 29, agreed to a $7.5 million salary for 2019 with the New York Yankees. The Bronx Bombers acquired him in a trade in 2017, but he has not performed well for them. Still, plenty of teams believe he can get back to his Oakland A’s form if he finds a new team.

Gray went 44-36 with a 3.42 ERA in parts of five seasons for the A’s. He was 15-16 with a 4.51 ERA in his two seasons with the Yankees.

Sonny Gray reportedly being pursued by at least six teams

Sonny Gray

The New York Yankees received some good news last week when CC Sabathia was cleared to resume all baseball activities, and that could result in them finally parting ways with Sonny Gray.

It has been known since the start of the offseason that the Yankees want to trade Gray, but those talks cooled after Sabathia underwent a heart procedure. With the left-hander expected to be a part of the Opening Day rotation, Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reports that at least six teams are expressing interest in acquiring Gray.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman was surprisingly candid earlier in the offseason when he said the team would look to trade Gray, and that may have weakened New York’s position. Still, some of the teams Heyman mentioned are ones we have already heard linked to Gray, so the interest seems legitimate.

Gray is a talented pitcher who has been a terrible fit with the Yankees. The right-hander went 15-16 with a 4.51 ERA over one and a half seasons with the team. That was a big step back from the 44-36 record and 3.42 ERA he posted in his tenure with the Oakland A’s. He’s still just 29, so the Yankees are hoping some team will bank on Gray bouncing back in another city.

Report: Yankees no longer certain to trade Sonny Gray

Sonny Gray

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman openly admitted at the conclusion of last season that the team intends to trade starting pitcher Sonny Gray, but it now sounds like there’s a legitimate chance the right-hander could still be in pinstripes on opening day.

The Yankees have had discussions about Gray with multiple teams, and Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported on Monday that the San Diego Padres remain interested. However, with CC Sabathia recently undergoing a heart procedure, the Yankees may need the starting rotation depth to begin the year.

Sabathia is reportedly expected to be fine after undergoing an angioplasty, and there is optimism that he will be ready for spring training next month. If that’s the case, the Yankees may simply be trying to gain leverage in trade talks by making interested teams think they no longer want to move Gray this winter.

New York has engaged in talks with the Padres and at least one other team, and it seems unlikely that Sabathia’s health would convince them to keep Gray around given the way he has struggled with the Yankees. Cashman may have weakened his position too much by openly saying the team plans to trade Gray, and this could be his way of trying to compensate for that.