Athletics ready to table Gray talks, source says
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The deadline is nearing, and speculation is heating up as the baseball world counts down to Monday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline. Find out what our writers are hearing today.
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While Torres is considered a rising star and Frazier has hit four home runs and slugged .537 in 21 games since his arrival to New York, the Yankees have several other highly regarded prospects in a farm system ranked fifth in the game by ESPN’s Keith Law. The list includes pitchers Chance Adams and Justus Sheffield, infielder Jorge Mateo and outfielders Dustin Fowler and Estevan Florial.
The Yankees are also believed to be reluctant to part with pitcher James Kaprielian, a first-round pick in 2015 who underwent Tommy John surgery in April.
Along with Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish, the 27-year-old Gray is one of the top names being shopped ahead of Monday’s deadline. He’s 44-36 with a 3.42 ERA and one All-Star appearance over parts of five seasons with Oakland.
Although several clubs have expressed concern over Gray’s injury history, the fact that he isn’t eligible for free agency until after the 2019 season has been a been a major selling point for the A’s in trade talks.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves and Seattle Mariners are among other clubs that have expressed interest in Gray.
Sources said the Yankees are prepared to go in a different direction if they can’t land Gray. St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn and Miami Marlins starter Dan Straily have been mentioned as potential alternatives for New York.
Gray is scheduled to start for Oakland on Sunday against the Minnesota Twins, but the Bergen Record reported that he is likely to be pulled from that start at the request of multiple teams engaged in trade talks with the Athletics.
The Yankees have been linked to both Gray and Oakland first baseman Yonder Alonso in a package deal, but a source said New York’s main objective is acquiring a starter. Chase Headley has a slash line of .317/.364/.415 in July, and his production has reduced the need for a first base upgrade in the Bronx.
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