After more than a month of rumors and being followed from city to city by bands of scouts, Sonny Gray finally knows where he’ll be the remainder of the season: in pinstripes.
The A’s sent the 2015 All-Star to the Yankees with just an hour to go in exchange for three high-profile prospects: shortstop Jorge Mateo, who was considered the key to the deal, according to sources, along with outfielder Dustin Fowler and right-hander James Kaprielian. Baseball America lists all three among the Yankees’ top 10 prospects, MLB lists them among New York’s top 12.
The A’s also are sending $1.5 million in international bonus slot money to New York, which does not mean money exchanges hands, only that the Yankees can spend more on the international free-agent market and Oakland less.
Gray is only 27 and has two more years remaining of club control, one reason that the Yankees were willing to part with some of their top minor-leaguers. Fowler, 22, hit .293 with 19 doubles, eight triples 13 home runs and 43 RBIs in 70 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre when he was promoted earlier this season; he tore a tendon in his right knee in the first inning of his first big-league game.
Well, Mom and Republican Stepdad will be happy, anyway. Did you know? For most of their brief existence in between Philly and Oakland, the Kansas City A's functioned as the Yankees' AAAA farm club, regularly making deals that benefited the Bronx Bombers.