The Reds are nearing a deal that would bring Gray to Cincinnati, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports. Per Heyman, the Reds are expected to give up infield prospect Shed Long and a draft pick, as well as potentially one other low-level prospect. Medical reports and 40-man roster considerations appear to be the main thing holding back any official announcement of the deal at this point. Neither Yankee Stadium nor Great American Ballpark is great for pitchers, but Gray would be a good bet to land a rotation spot in Cincinnati, boosting his fantasy value even after some rough innings in the Bronx.
The Reds have yet to officially trade for Gray. Reports earlier in the day suggested a deal was close. There was an erroneous report making the rounds on Twitter suggesting that the deal was finalized, but Gray remains a member of the Yankees for now. The right-hander could well end up on the Reds shortly, as the team is a logical destination, but a deal is not yet done.
The Reds are closing in on a deal for Gray, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. After a strong start to his career in Oakland, Gray sputtered with the Yankees, posting a 4.90 ERA last season and losing his place in the starting rotation. The underlying numbers suggest his step back was much smaller, as he posted a respectable 4.17 FIP, so the Reds would be banking on the fact that his skills are still there. The righty would trade one tough park for another and see his chances at wins go down, but a much firmer place in a starting rotation would nevertheless be a boost to his fantasy value.
Gray agreed to a one-year contract with the Yankees on Friday, avoiding arbitration. Gray struggled throughout the 2018 season, accruing a 4.90 ERA and 1.50 WHIP with 123 strikeouts over 130.1 frames as both a starter and reliever. Despite trade talks earlier in the offseason, the Yankees haven't given up just yet on the 29-year-old right-hander, avoiding a hearing by coming to terms on a deal prior to the deadline.
The Reds have been in contact with the Yankees regarding a potential trade for Gray, John Boyle of the Dayton Daily News reports. There's no elaboration whether there was significant progress, let alone even an offer, but that's to be expected. Of note, new Reds pitching coach Derek Johnson was also Gray's pitching coach at Vanderbilt.