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New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 30, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)


Report: Yankees Send RHP Gray to Reds for Prospect, Draft Pick

According to a recent report by Jeff Passan, the New York Yankees have agreed to trade right-handed pitcher Sonny Gray, and left-handed pitching prospect Reiver Sanmartin to the Cincinnati Reds for prospect Shed Long and the Reds’ supplemental round draft pick.

The news comes after the Reds, and Gray reportedly agree to an extension.  Gray had recently signed a one-year $7.5 million contract with the Yankees to avoid arbitration, and according to Ken Rosenthal, he agreed to a three-year $30.5 million extension that will see him stay with the Reds until at least the 2022 season.  The Reds also have a club option for the 2023 season at $12 million.

Reds beat writer C. Trenton Rosecrans was the first to report that left-handed pitcher Reiver Sanmartin was also included in the deal.

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Gray, 29, has struggled since being acquired by the Yankees along with $1 million in International Free Agent bonus room in exchange for Jorge Mateo, Dustin Fowler, and James Kaprielian.  In 30 games, 23 starts, with the Yankees in 2018 he earned an 11-9 record with a 4.90 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  He struck out 123 batters and walked 57 in 130 1/3 innings.


New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 30, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

Gray’s struggles were even more pronounced at home in Yankee Stadium where he went just 4-4 with a 6.98 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP in 15 games, 11 starts, and pitched only 59 1/3 innings while striking out 45 and walking 35.  Batters hit .318 against him at home.

Away from Yankee Stadium, Gray was a far better pitcher with a 7-5 record, 3.17 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP over 15 games, 12 starts.  On the road, he struck out 78 batters in 71 innings, while walking just 22 batters and batters hitting just .226 against him.

In return, the Yankees acquired the Reds’ supplemental draft pick in the 2019 First-Year-Player Draft.  The pick comes in the Competitive Balance Round A, right after the first round.  Currently, the pick is number 36 overall but could become the 37th overall pick if outfielder A.J. Pollock signs a contract for at least $50 million.

Cincinnati Reds’ Shed Long stretches before a spring training baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The Yankees also received second base prospect, Shed Long.  Long, 23, was ranked as the sixth best prospect in the Reds organization by both Baseball America and MLB Pipeline.  The Reds drafted the former catcher in the 12th round of the 2013 draft and moved to second base in 2015.

In 457 career minor league games Long own a .272/.353/.435 slash line with 86 doubles, 15 triples, 50 home runs and 211 RBIs with 188 walks.

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