It is highly likely that the New York Yankees trade Sonny Gray this offseason, and the San Francisco Giants should be first in line.
The former first-round draft pick in 2011, Gray looked like a rising superstar after his first three seasons in the big leagues with ERAs of 2.67, 3.08, and 2.73.
Gray threw 219 and 208 innings respectively in 2014 and 2015.
He struggled to the tune of a 5.69 ERA in 2016, but bounced back with a solid 3.55 ERA between Oakland and New York in 2017.
This past season he never really got it going with the Yankees and finished with a 4.90 ERA over 130.1 innings pitched.
He plays the 2019 season at age 29 in what will be his last arbitration season before becoming a free agent.
Gray makes a lot of sense for the Giants because he’s a buy-low candidate, and he’s had success in the Bay area before.
Plus, he would be going from a very hitter-friendly park to a great pitcher’s bark at AT&T.
And it sounds like the Yankees are desperate to move him, so I don’t feel like the Giants would have to give up much to acquire him.
At the very least, I think Sonny Gray would be a solid number three in the Giants rotation next year with the upside to take Johnny Cueto‘s spot at number two.
If ever a player needed a change of scenery it’s Sonny Gray, and I really think bringing him back to the Bay area in a pitcher’s ballpark could bring out the best in him again.
The San Francisco Giants need to be active on these types of players in order to contend in 2019. This is one player I don’t think they can let slip through their fingers.