A's Looking to Ship off Gray

The Oakland Athletics have been one of the more competitive teams in Major League Baseball for the past decade. This has been an impressive feat given the fact that they are considered a small market team and have a limited payroll budget. One way they have been able to do this is by trading for prospects and building a young talented team over time. Heading into the 2017 season, the Athletics thought that they would be able to compete for the division title, but they have fallen far out of first place over the past few months.

Since the A's have fallen so far back, they are now in the market for trading some of their more talented veterans. One player that has been discussed a lot as a potentially traded player has been Sonny Gray (http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/20193867/oakland-athletics-willing-ta...). Gray is one of the best starting pitchers on the A's and is young enough for a team to enjoy him for years to come. Because of this, he has a lot of trade value. This year, he has a record of six wins and five losses thanks to his strong ERA and WHIP.

One team that looks like they would like to get Gray is the New York Yankees. The Yankees have surprised a lot of people this year due largely to their young talented core. With the addition of Gray, the Yankees could suddenly have a chance of winning their division. They are in a tight race with the Boston Red Sox who spent the last offseason adding big arms to their rotation.

While the A's are waiving the white flag for the rest of this season, there is a lot of reason for excitement for the future. The team has several young powerful hitters that look like they could put up a lot of runs for years to come. This includes Khris Davis who already has 28 home runs and 70 RBIs. While the loss of Gray will hurt their pitching staff, the team has a lot of talent in AAA that will be able to step up and compete in the next year or two. They also have Sean Mansea, who leads the team with eight wins so far this season.



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