Report: Rangers Among Suitors For Sonny Gray

Josh Clark
November 09, 2018 - 12:56 pm
Sonny Gray

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Categories: 

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Now that the Texas Rangers have their manager in place, the next step is to round out the coaching staff and get to work on the roster for next season. 

Once again, the biggest need for the club is pitching, as they have at least three and possibly four rotation spots to fill. Mike Minor is a lock after pitching a solid first season with Texas in 2018. Another guy that could be considered a lock for a rotation spot is recently acquired Drew Smyly, assuming he's healthy. After them? That's what Texas must figure out.

An interesting name has come up and it's a name the Rangers have always been keen on. Sonny Gray is reportedly a target of Texas, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. For whatever reason, things just haven't gone right for the right-hander since he was traded from Oakland to the bright lights of the Big Apple. 

There are rumblings that Gray, still only 29-years-old, would perform much better with a smaller market club. While Arlington, Texas, isn't a small market, it also isn't New York, so he wouldn't be under as much pressure to perform. 

Gray went 11-9 with a 4.90 ERA in 2018. For his career, he has a much better 3.66 ERA.

As for what Texas would send to the Yankees in the deal, Sherman reports that New York would like to get their hands on Jurickson Profar. He does caution that the Rangers would want more in return since Gray is entering the final year of his contract and Profar has two more years of control remaining on his deal. Had this trade been brought up last season, the Yankees would have likely declined the proposal. Fast forward to today, and it's likely the Rangers would be the ones turning it down. Profar was one of the most productive, if not the most productive player at the plate for Texas last season. He was second on the team in hits (133), tied for third in home runs (20), tied for second in RBI (77), and finished third in OBP (.335) and OPS (.793).