Gray, who pitched poorly with the Yankees, still was able to sign a three-year, $30.5 million extension with a team option for 2023 worth $12 million, according to The Post's Joel Sherman. "If it just so happens for me to go back to NY, then I'm going to continue to do everything I can to win games, not only for the team, but to better myself as a pitcher and go that route and try to continue to perform at a high level". "I think he's extremely talented".
The Yankees get Josh Stowers from Seattle, a 21-year-old center fielder who doesn't crack MLB Pipeline's top 100 prospect list. The National League, originally founded in 1876, consists of the following teams: Arizona Diamondbacks; Atlanta Braves; Chicago Cubs; Cincinnati Reds; Colorado Rockies; Los Angeles Dodgers; Miami Marlins; Milwaukee Brewers; New York Mets; Philadelphia Phillies; Pittsburgh Pirates; San Diego Padres; San Francisco Giants; St. Louis Cardinals; and Washington Nationals.
The Reds have been interested in Gray all off season, and maybe the connection with new pitching coach Derek Johnson will make this negotiation with Gray easier.
"We always wanted to add three starters if we could do so economically, " he said. He was due to become a free agent for the first time following this season. Frankly, there are less than one percent of guys that can do that for a season, much less sustain it for a career that accounted for nearly 9,000 plate appearances. This is in addition to the one-year $7.5M salary Gray agreed to with the Yankees, so in essence the Reds have Gray under team-control for the next four years.
"We really didn't see anything that was diminishing in terms of the velocity and spin rates and things like that, " Williams said.
It was an unfortunate, ugly, public divorce to a rocky marriage, one that ended with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman making it known to the world he was actively shopping Gray and planned to move him ASAP.
NY receives the Reds' competitive balance round A selection, now 36th overall. Gray, 29, was acquired by the Yankees from the A's in 2017 and went 4-7 in 11 starts that season.
Gray finished third in Cy Young voting in 2015 before having a very bad year in 2016.
Long played the entirety of his 2018 campaign in Double-A Pensacola where he slashed.261/.353/.412 with 12 home runs, 56 RBI, and 19 stolen bases. Long, who was drafted and developed by Cincinnati, started Monday as a member of the Reds' organization.