Monday, July 31, 2017
The Yankees and A’s have agreed to a deal that will send Sonny Gray to New York, according to multiple reports.
Oakland will receive Dustin Fowler, Jorge Mateo and James Kaprelian, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.
Great deal by Billy Beane to get two guys the Yankees would have never dealt before their injuries as throw-ins, of sort, to a Jorge Mateo-based trade for Sonny Gray. And a very good job by Brian Cashman to get a pitcher that the Yankees could really use (not just for this season, but for 2018 and 2019) in exchange for one prospect who was likely always going to be a trade chip (Jorge Mateo) and two injured prospects who were not going to be part of the Yankees’ plans any time soon (both Fowler and Kap are dealing with injuries that, even if you ostensibly recover from them, you might never FULLY recover from them to the point where you were before the injury, and for a guy whose whole deal is built around speed like Fowler, that’s a huge risk - of course, both players very well COULD recover perfectly) without having to give up his other top trade chip in outifielder Estevan Florial, who I thought they were definitely going to have to part with to get the deal done.
This is what you get when you have two very good GMs make a trade with each other, a very balanced trade.
On the whole, I am pleased. Sonny Gray is a big get and Jaime Garcia is a huge upgrade over Luis Cessa as the long man. This team is shaping up nicely. Although, they now have cleared up an extra 40-man spot. I wonder what that will be used for?