The New York Yankees have been among the busiest and most active teams in baseball this offseason.
And while the Bronx Bombers have mostly been focused on bolstering their major-league roster for next season, it appears they have a deal in place to ship out one of their big-league arms for prospects.
According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Yanks are close to finalizing a deal that would send right-handed starter Sonny Gray to Cincinnati in return for prospects and a draft pick from the Reds.
Gray went 15-16 in 41 games, including 34 starts, since the Yankees acquired Gray at the 2017 trade deadline. The 29-year-old posted a 4.90 ERA and a 2.16 strikeout-to-walk ratio — the worst mark of his career last season.
The Reds are hoping that Gray can turn things around as they hope to build a contender in the NL Central, while the Yankees are happy to punt on a match that just did not seem to fit from the get-go, and pull in a highly-touted prospect in the process.
If Long is in fact the prospect coming to the Yankees in return, New York will have to find a spot for him on their 40-man roster, according to Max Wildstein of Gotham Sports Network.
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