The long-stalled trade between the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics has officially been pulled off. Sonny Gray is headed to the Yankees for Dustin Fowler, Jorge Mateo and James Kaprielian.
The Yankees have emerged as winners during the 2017 MLB Trade Deadline with the addition of Jaime Garcia and now the addition of Sonny Gray. This season, Sonny Gray is 6-5 and holds a 3.43 ERA with 94 strikeouts in 16 games this season. Sonny Gray’s contract will shift over to New York where he will be under Yankee control until 2019. Sonny Gray will be placed in as the Yankees #2 in the rotation.
The Oakland Athletics gain one healthy prospect while Dustin Fowler and James Kaprielian are both done for the season with injuries. Dustin Fowler sustained a ruptured right patellar tendon while James Kaprielian is done with Tommy John Surgery in which he underwent in April. Prospect Jorge Mateo is the only healthy prospect headed to Oakland. Once healthy, Dustin Fowler can give you anything you want from a nice solid average to even displaying solid home run totals for an outfielder, he had 13 in AAA before going down with the injury. James Kaprielian, can work both in the rotation and as well as out of the bullpen in which he did at college. Jorge Mateo will be that development piece in this trade who still needs a few productive seasons in the minors before getting that call up to the majors.
Overall, this trade really works for both teams.
Final Thoughts: The Yankees have upped their rotation as they prepare for their playoff run this summer and Sonny Gray will be the focal point and likely difference maker in the rotation. As for the Athletics, they acquired three solid prospects who can produce but the only downfall on this is that two of the three are done and out for the year but, we would expect a nice solid comeback for Fowler and Kaprielian in Athletics Spring Training in 2018.
Final Grade: New York Yankees: A+ | Oakland Athletics: A