MLB trade rumors: The latest on Sonny Gray, Yu Darvish and Justin Verlander

Major League Baseball’s trade deadline is just two days away, and the only big-name starting pitcher we’ve seen change teams is
Jose Quintana

Are more coming? Three huge names we’ve specifically seen in trade rumors for weeks have been
Yu Darvish
of the
Texas Rangers
Justin Verlander
of the
Detroit Tigers
Sonny Gray
of the
Oakland Athletics

Let’s run down the latest in the rumor mill on each of the three. 

Sonny Gray

Gray, 27, won’t hit free agency until after the 2019 season, so he’s controlled and most decidedly not a rental. Injuries and inconsistency have lowered his value since he finished third in AL Cy Young voting in 2015, but he’s 4-2 with a 1.37 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings in his last six starts. In that stretch, he’s held opposing hitters to a .164/.215/.271 line. 

Gray was scheduled to start on Sunday, but he’s been scratched from that scheduled start because the A’s expect to trade him before the deadline. Gray may be the most coveted arm available, so his status is likely holding up the rest of the starting pitching market. Once Gray goes, others may soon follow. 

It’s probably more a question of when Sonny Gray is traded than if he is. 

Among the teams we’ve seen connected to Gray in trade rumors:
New York Yankees
Chicago Cubs
Milwaukee Brewers
Houston Astros
Los Angeles Dodgers
Atlanta Braves
and even a few more. The Yankees may be the frontrunners, according to the most recent reports. 

Also, Bob Nightnegale of USA Today reports that the…

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