The Yankees have made it clear early this offseason that they plan to move Sonny Gray by spring training, and the Reds have been equally adamant about their plans to shore up the rotation.
It only makes sense that the two teams would be discussing Gray, and MLB Network reports talks already have occurred. SNY reported Friday the Yankees are “getting closer” to making a deal, with the Reds one of about 11 teams that have expressed interest in the pitcher.
While Gray struggled in New York after a mostly impressive run with Oakland to start his career, any concerns the Reds in particular might have about the 29-year-old presumably would be allayed by a new staff addition.
Cincinnati recently hired Derek Johnson away from the Brewers to serve as pitching coach — the same position Johnson held at Vanderbilt for a decade, with Gray and David Price among his star pupils.
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That familiarity surely would help both sides’ comfort level should Gray end up in Cincinnati, though the team seems intent on casting a wide net.
Fancred reported earlier Friday that the Reds also have inquired with the Mariners about James Paxton and with the Indians about Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco.
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