Sonny Gray sounds like the name of a character from a Scorsese film. I hear the name Sonny Gray and I think, “well he should at least be playing for a New York or Chicago baseball team, if he sounds like a gangster right?”
Around this time last year I was deeply hoping that maybe the Mets would make a trade for Gray. It would fit my idea of someone with his name pitching for New York and would have been a huge help to the Mets if they really wanted to make a playoff run past the Wild Card game. I know they say hindsight is 20/20, but if you would have asked me a year ago if I thought the Mets current pitching woes were a sign of things to come, I would have probably said yes. And that has more to do with the fact that the Mets training staff does not know how to handle their players or their injuries.
But my gangster stereotypes, and Mets failures aside, Gray is once again back on the trading block as the deadline approaches. Along with some other notable arms from teams who don’t seem to be going anywhere this year.
Trade rumors around Gray have been predominantly linked to the Astros. However more recently, teams like the Dodgers and event the Royals have been asking around about Gray. I would love to have him come to the Dodgers, but more so for my own selfish reasons of wanting to go see him play. My guess is though that if the Astros have been pursuing him aggressively since the start, that’s probably where he’ll end up.
The Dodgers up until a few nights ago weren’t in dire need for more pitching. But Kershaw is now back on the DL around the same time he was last year, and with no timetable for a return, it could make things uncomfortable for the Dodgers come post season time. Gray’s numbers are pretty good considering he’s been mostly inconsistent throughout his career:
Darvish and Verlander however are also available:
Of the three Darvish is the option that the Dodgers are really gunning for. Which means so is everyone else. They have an excellent farm system and just may have to dip into that a bit if they really want to add another ace before the season is over. The Twins already picked up their pitching help with a trade for Jaimie Garcia. The Brew Crew could also be looking at one of these three pitching options as well. The point is the Dodgers have the talent and the cash to get what they really want. And if they don’t make a move for it soon, they’ll be right back where they were last year. Coughing up their chance at a championship in the NLCS.