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MLB trade rumors: SF Giants among three suitors for Jon Gray

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray (55) throws a pitch against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Petco Park. (Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)
Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray (55) throws a pitch against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Petco Park. (Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)
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DENVER, COLORADO – JULY 18: Starting pitcher Jon Gray #55 of the Colorado Rockies throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning at Coors Field on July 18, 2021. Gray is the second prominent Rockies player to be tied to the SF Giants. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Add another player to the list of prominent trade targets tied to the SF Giants this week following a report by MLB Network’s Jon Morosi. Per Morosi, the Giants, San Diego Padres, and Philadelphia Phillies are among the teams that have expressed interest in Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray. Gray is not the first Rockies star to be tied to San Francisco. The Giants have also reportedly expressed interest in shortstop Trevor Story.

The SF Giants are one of three teams tied to Jon Gray.

According to multiple reports throughout the past week, the Giants have been very active on the starting pitching market heading into the MLB trade deadline. While the front office may have their eye on building a trade for Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer, Gray could easily become an impressive consolation prize.

The Rockies drafted Gray with the third overall pick in the 2013 MLB draft. Unfortunately, he has never found the elite form that many expected when he was a top draft prospect out of the University of Oklahoma. However, he has been a consistent mid-rotation starter in one of the most hitter-friendly environments since making his MLB debut in 2015. Set for free agency at the end of the season, Gray has a 3.67 ERA in 2021 with 91 strikeouts and 40 walks in 98 innings pitched (18 starts). Gray has a career 4.47 ERA but has consistently been favored by more advanced metrics that consider pitching environment.

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The SF Giants have already been tied to one star on the Colorado Rockies roster. While big trades between teams in the same division are rare, the Giants clearly have their eye on upgrading their starting rotation this summer and could easily offer a strong package to trade for Jon Gray.

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