The New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds have completed a deal that will send starting pitcher Sonny Gray to the Queen City. Gray agreed to the deal after signing a three-year extension for $30.5 million dollars with a $13 million dollar club option for 2023. Gray will make $7.5 million on his current deal so the could conceivably make $50 million over the next five years. The Yankees received second base prospect Shed Long and a high draft pick and immediately sent Long to Seattle for outfield prospect Josh Stowers.
The 29-year-old Gray has a 59-52 (3.66 ERA) lifetime record for the A’s and Yankees. Gray was considered a coup when he was acquired by the Bronx Bombers at the trade deadline in 2017. He pitched well in 11 starts despite his 4-7 record. Expectations were high for Gray to have a breakout year in 2018 but he was never able to figure out a way to pitch in Yankee stadium as opposing batters hit just .226 against Gray on the road but a staggering .318 in the Bronx.
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