The Sonny Gray trade has been finalized on the MLB trade deadline! Sonny Gray will be a Yankee and 3 of the Yankees top 12 prospects will be in the green and gold. In, this article I will be reviewing how the trade went down and who won.
Athletics: Now, the athletics came into the trade deadline knowing that Sonny Gray was going to be traded for top prospects, and that’s exactly what happened. They got James Kaprelian, Dustin Fowler, and Jorge Mateo. Jorge Mateo is a fast base runner, the one problem is he doesn’t have power to hit Homeruns but, I do think the A’s will be able to teach him how to get under the ball and hit dingers. If the A’s can teach Mateo that he will be a deadly 2B for them. Dustin Fowler and James Kaprelian are both players that had season ending injuries but, were playing like studs before them. Dustin Fowler hits dingers he has 25 Homeruns and is slashing. James Kaprelian is a pitcher with a lot of potential and can easily become the A’s number 3.
ATHLETICS GRADE: B+
Yankees: A team trying to contend for World Series number 28, there in need of pitching help. Picking up Sonny Gray on the deadline was a huge plus especially seeing how well he was performing in his last 10 games for the A’s. The Yankees gave up 2 injured prospects and a decent prospect in Jorge Mateo. Which, was a good deal for the Yankees especially since they didn’t give up Gleyber Torres or Clint Frazier.
YANKEES GRADE: A
Overall, I think the Yankees won giving up two injured prospects and Jorge Mateo for an ace was a good trade for the Yankees. Notice how I’m not saying it was a steal. For the A’s part of the trade, It was also well, considering how good Fowler and Jorge Mateo can be is a great start for the A’s rebuild. If you have 3 prospects that came from a farm as deep as the Yankees have you know you have a good chance at getting a stud. Great trade for both teams at the end of the day and they both got what they needed.
The Sonny Gray sweepstakes are right around the corner and I’m thinking almost like every Oakland A’s fan when is this going to end? Well, the reason why it is taking so long is that the A’s want to explore their options. When I mean explore their options I mean to see what the best offer is the trade deadline and hey! If they don’t like any of the offers they get by trade deadline they probably won’t trade him. Now let’s explore the main teams interested in Sonny Gray and all of their exciting prospects.
Yankees: A team in a win now situation. What makes no sense is there not acting like it. With prospects like Jorge Mateo, Estevan Florial, and Chance Adams the Yankees have a great shot at Sonny Gray! Problem is, they won’t give up those prospects and I’m thinking why aren’t you giving up your prospects for an all star you need in this dire situation for World Series number 28. The world may never know why the Yankees are doing that.
Braves: Now were talking, a team with Albies and Acuna on it sign me up! Acuna is a stud in every way and can change the A’s culture. Albies is a young stud a player who is performing well. With two players like that they are definitely in the race for Sonny Gray.
Astros: Losing interest but, still one of the last teams in the race are the Houston Astros. Now they are loaded with prospects with Derek Fisher, Francis Martes, Kyle Tucker, and even more! Same thing as Yankees is in a win now situation. What happened to the Astros I have no idea they have lost their interest and are going towards other pitchers in the market. The Astros are probably thinking the value is too high for an injury prone Sonny Gray.
As the deadline is approaching the interest in Sonny Gray is increasing. Let’s just see where the Sonny Gray sweepstakes will lead us.
The Rockies have officially struck a deal to acquire Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy (Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network first reported). Texas will get a player to be named later (Note: the PTBNL cannot be a draft pick.)
Lucroy, 31, has been connected to the Rockies for the past week, things just started to heat earlier today. Lucroy doesn’t only bring talent behind the plate, but he also brings experience. Lucroy could use a midseason turnaround. Through 306 plate appearances this year, the veteran is hitting just .242/.297/.338 with 4 HRs.
Lucroy won’t put a big dent on the payroll for the Rockies, he is earning just $5.25M on the year, just over $1.8M of which remains. Lucroy is set to reach the open market at the end of this season.
In 2016 Lucroy showed the kind of player he could be, he hit .292 with 24 HRs and had 81 RBIs. Last season Lucroy had a .355 on base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage.
Lucroy has hit lefties and righty decent all season, but he has more power against righties and more average against lefties. He hits .254 with 1 HRs and 10 RBI’s against lefties, and he hits .238 with 3 HRs and 17 RBI’s against righties.
Wolters, 25, has been the catcher for the Rockies this season. Wolters will most likely still get playing time. Against righties, he is hitting .263, but against lefties, he hits just .209. You could see Wolters get the start against a right-handed pitcher if the situation is right.
On the season Wolters has hit .251/.349/.302 with 8 doubles. In his first two seasons in the MLB Wolters has been very consistence. Last season Wolters hit .259/.327/.395 with 3 HRs