The Cincinnati Reds have reportedly made Sonny Gray available on the trade block. If that is the case, the Oakland A’s should come calling.
A former first round pick by the A’s in the 2011 MLB Draft, Gray spent four and a half years with the A’s before being traded to the Yankees. That stint in New York was a disaster, as he was sent to Cincinnati. There, he resurrected his career, once again looking like a top of the rotation caliber arm.
That is the type of pitcher that the A’s need right now. That lack of an ace hurt in the postseason, especially when they were eliminated by the Astros. Signed for two more years at a total of $20.33 million, and with a $12 million option for 2023, Gray would be far more than a rental for Oakland.
That salary, as well as the Reds’ hopes to build a sustainable contender, likely mean that Gray will not be cheap to acquire. Likewise, there is no guarantee that he will even be available, as Cincinnati could just be doing their due diligence. But that does not mean that the A’s should ignore the possibility to upgrade their rotation.
Former Oakland A’s starter Sonny Gray may be on the trade block. If that is the case, a reunion may be in order.