NYPost The Yankees are officially all-in. The team acquired Sonny Gray from the A’s an hour before the trade deadline, the YES Network reported. The Yankees sent heralded prospects Dustin Fowler, Jorge Mateo and James Kaprielian for the 27-year-old, Yahoo reported.
The New York Yankees have added two starting pitchers over the last two days, in order to solidify their rotation, to make a run at the postseason and beyond. Yesterday they traded for Jamie Garcia, who adds depth to the back of the rotation, and today they added Sonny Gray who is a front of the line starter. The Yankees had to give up some intriguing prospects to get Sonny Gray, Jorge Mateo is highly thought of due to his speed but he struggles to get on base at times (he’s currently hitting the cover off the ball in double A), and James Kaprielian is a starting pitcher with ace potential who recently underwent Tommy John surgery. Dustin Fowler is also a strong prospect who is currently injured. The Yankees also kept centerfielder prospect Estavan Florial, who is a rising star in their system, as well as Clint Frazier (who is currently starting on the Yankees roster and showing his potential) and Gleyber Torres (one of the top prospects in baseball who is currently injured), all top prospects that the A’s wanted initially for Sonny Gray. If the Yankees were going to be serious about making a run this season, they had to improve their starting pitching, and the addition of Sonny Gray boosts their chances of making a World Series run. Sonny Gray is also under contract for the 2018 season, on an affordable contract, so the 27-year-old is part of the future plans in the Bronx.