In Brewers rumors, potential trade target Sonny Gray is close to being on the move to an unknown team.
According to Jon Heyman, the New York Yankees are close to shipping out Gray, who has been a disappointment in the Bronx.
The Milwaukee Brewers have been rumored to be in the market for Gray most of the offseason. Talks have recently ramped up, and now we’re finally approaching a resolution to this saga.
What Are The Yankees Looking For?
Earlier reports in the offseason had the Yankees looking for a top prospect in return for Gray. That clearly won’t be happening as the bidding teams have all balked at that price so far.
Even though the Yankees are looking to trade away this starting pitcher, they’re also still looking to acquire one. Perhaps the Brewers could center the return on one of their starting pitchers who are trade candidates in Chase Anderson or Zach Davies.
Both Davies and Anderson come with three years of team control, although Davies is younger and costs less money.
Could a trade like that actually work? I’m not sure, but it is an intriguing possibility. Perhaps the Yankees would simply prefer a prospect or two in return for Gray and aren’t interested in either Davies or Anderson. There’s a lot unknown here.
Are The Brewers Frontrunners?
Apparently not, according to Heyman.
The Giants right now appear to be the favorites for Gray. Heyman lists the Brewers among the linked teams who don’t appear to be at the forefront. That could change with one phone call now that it’s seemingly down to the wire in negotiations.
Perhaps the asking price was too high, or the Yankees simply weren’t interested in what else the Brewers had to offer in talks. Whatever it was, Gray, the best buy-low trade candidate out there, appears close to being on the move.
If the Brewers don’t get Gray, the other remaining “ace” possibilities on the market are free agent Dallas Keuchel and trade target Madison Bumgarner.
If the Milwaukee Brewers still had pitching coach Derek Johnson, perhaps they’d feel differently about what they’d be willing to give up to get Gray. I guess we’ll never know.