The New York Yankees have seemed likely to trade right-handed starter Sonny Gray dating back to the end of last season. On Monday, a long-rumored deal with the Cincinnati Reds reportedly came to pass. The Yankees and Reds have finalized a trade that sends Gray to Cincinnati on Monday, both teams announced.
For a while, the hold up has been the Reds' and Gray's inability to agree to a contract extension. Now, though, that's reportedly been resolved:
Gray, 29, is coming off his second lackluster season in his last three tries. He posted a 4.90 ERA and a 2.16 strikeout-to-walk ratio -- the worst mark of his career -- with the Yankees in 2018. The Reds are hoping Gray can return to his old, above-average self. It's worth noting that, with the Reds, Gray will be reunited with pitching coach Derek Johnson, whom he flourished under as an amateur at Vanderbilt University.
Gray will represent the latest in a string of veteran additions to the Reds' roster. Cincinnati had already added Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood, Tanner Roark, and Matt Kemp this winter. The Reds are reportedly also landing left-hander Reiver Sanmartin in the deal.
Cincinnati gave up infield prospect Shed Long in the deal. MLB.com ranked Long as the seventh-best Reds prospect, noting that the 5-foot-8 left-handed hitter has a chance to be an asset with the bat. He could reach the majors as soon as next season, with a long-term ceiling as a starting second baseman.
The Yankees initially acquired Long from the Reds, but immediately flipped him to the Mariners in exchange for outfield prospect Josh Stowers, who was a second-rounder out of Louisville in 2018. Stowers, 21, showed excellent speed, on-base abilities, and plus defense in center in the Low-A Northwest League last season.