Yankees, A’s at ‘impasse’ in Sonny Gray trade talks

The A’s want to trade Sonny Gray, and the Yankees want to trade for Sonny Gray, but so far, this is about all the common ground the two sides have been able to figure out during negotiations. According to Ken Rosenthal, the two sides are at an impasse caused by different ideas of what kind of pitcher Gray is.
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The Yankees would love to get back a pitcher with team control if they give up prospects at the trade deadline. Sonny Gray is the top candidate for that, as the A’s want to give up their best starting pitcher — who isn’t a free agent until after 2019 — now in order to help fuel their rebuild. The problem is that the A’s see Gray as the top option at the deadline — he’s not a rental like Darvish, and ignoring strikeouts, their career results aren’t all that different — while the Yankees believe Gray is a No. 3 most days, a No. 2 on his better ones.

The 36-year-old was sent to the Phillies by Houston in last year’s offseason. He will be a free agent after this year with a $6.5 million team option. Most of the reliable talent for the Rockies this year is left-handed, so this is a good pickup for the team to balance its bullpen.

They are in a comfortable position for the second wildcard, 4 1/2 games up on the Cubs as it stands, with hopes to pass the Diamondbacks for the first slot as they are currently only a half game back.

The Colorado prospects heading to the Phillies are INF Jose Gomez, RHP J.D. Hammer, and RHP Alejandro Requena.

Game Kids Justin Evans Jersey All three players are currently spending time in single-A Asheville, with Hammer also spending time in single-A Lancaster this season. Gomez, ranked 21st in the Rockies’ system, is batting .324 (leading the South Atlantic League) and has 33 RBI and 18 stolen bases on the year.