Whether or not “It is At all times Sonny in New York” to “WGRAY in Cincinnati,” the Sonny Grey present within the Massive Apple has formally been canceled.

The collection that lasted only a season and a half within the Bronx got here to an finish on January 21, with the Yankees delivery the beleaguered starter to Cincinnati for Shed Lengthy, in flip buying and selling Lengthy to Seattle for outfielder Josh Stowers.

It was an unlucky, ugly, public divorce to a rocky marriage, one which ended with Yankees normal supervisor Brian Cashman making it recognized to the world he was actively buying Grey and deliberate to maneuver him ASAP.

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On the opposite aspect, the Reds get a pitcher who was excellent simply two seasons in the past and nonetheless on the nice aspect of 30. Whereas there’s some danger concerned for Cincinnati, they appear dedicated to choosing up pitching reclamation tasks. Not solely that, however Grey is reunited together with his faculty pitching coach, a working relationship that’s positive to learn him.

Here is how the edges made out.

Yankees: C

Here is the factor concerning the Yankees: this commerce significantly hurts as a result of they traded away three high prospects to get Grey in 2017, who was anticipated to assist bolster the rotation and be a strong No. 2 or a 1A-type behind Luis Severino. Sadly for the Bombers, it simply did not work out that approach.

That commerce was a slam dunk in 2017, as a result of the Yankees wanted assist to strengthen the rotation in a possible bid for a championship and getting somebody as younger and gifted as Grey was an actual no brainer on the time. Perhaps he wasn’t an ace, however behind Severino, the idea was that Grey would flourish.

So the truth that the Yankees traded Grey for a spare outfield half after dealing three high prospects to get him is a mark of how determined the crew was to maneuver on from him. For a pitching-starved group, that is tough, and with a number of query marks within the rotation — Masahiro Tanaka’s elbow well being, CC Sabathia’s age (and coronary heart points), Luis Severino’s second-half swoons — not even giving Grey some run as a fourth or fifth starter is complicated and seemingly counterproductive.

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The Yankees get Josh Stowers from Seattle, a 21-year-old middle fielder who does not crack MLB Pipeline’s high 100 prospect checklist. With the Yankees dealing Blake Rutherford, Dustin Fowler, Billy McKinney and Jorge Mateo all within the final two years, they might use the organizational depth within the outfield. MLB Pipeline says Stowers might be pushed to left discipline sooner or later together with his lack of energy and beneath common arm.

It looks as if the Yankees might have gotten a bit extra — even with the compensation choose they will be getting from the Reds — contemplating Grey’s crew management, age and monitor file, even when he wasn’t nice in New York.

Reds: B

It is actually tough to look previous Grey’s season and a half of mediocrity in pinstripes, however it’s additionally very tough to look previous what Grey was earlier than his time within the Bronx.

Grey completed third in Cy Younger voting in 2015 earlier than having a really unhealthy 12 months in 2016. He rebounded in 2017, pitching to a 3.55 ERA earlier than being shipped to the Yankees in a big-time commerce. In Oakland, he pitched to a 3.42 ERA (3.56 FIP), very respectable numbers which made him a coveted commerce chip throughout his time.

The chance of buying Grey is that he now has to pitch in the Nice American Bandbox; Grey’s HR/FB% was 8.1 p.c in 2018, third highest of his profession, whereas his 9.6 p.c mark in 2017 with the A’s and Yankees is the second highest. These numbers have all been trending upward within the final three seasons, as effectively.

The excellent news for Cincinnati is that Grey’s points in New York weren’t harm or mechanically associated, a label that adopted him in Oakland. In truth, reuniting him together with his faculty pitching coach Derek Johnson ought to solely assist.

Shedding Lengthy to get Grey whereas Nick Senzel is the second baseman of the longer term for Cincinnati is a transfer that makes loads of sense for the Reds. Additionally locking up Grey to a reasonably crew pleasant contract is sensible, as effectively. (Bear in mind the Homer Bailey deal? The Reds aren’t scared to make that sort of signing.)

If the Reds can jumpstart Grey’s profession, then it is an excellent transfer for them. The reported $30 million extension the Reds gave Grey over the following three years is a reduction — if Sonny can hold the clouds away.

Mariners: Uh?

It would not be a commerce if it wasn’t Jerry Dipoto, proper? I imply, Dipoto has been the grasp of the deal for a while now, so it should not be a shock to see him linked in yet one more commerce.

The Mariners gave up their 10th-ranked prospect to get the Reds’ seventh-ranked prospect, as Lengthy has a greater projected future than Stowers. In order that’s a fairly good transfer for Seattle, all issues thought of.

The Mariners proceed their roster reimagining, getting one other younger infield prospect who did not crack MLB Pipeline’s high 100 prospects. With Jarred Kelenic within the combine now, Stowers was probably blocked within the course of and an expendable piece. Positive, Mariners. Do you.

Lengthy is probably going an MLB participant at some point, although his numbers had been fairly down in 2018 with Double A Pensacola. The 2018 ETA is pushed again only a bit, however scouting studies counsel that Lengthy’s capability to make contact and hit for energy from the left aspect are all official, and he ought to be a serious league participant sooner relatively than later.

Total: Incomplete

It is powerful to place an incomplete grades on these offers however that is precisely what it’s. Between Grey’s unknown effectiveness and the way forward for the 2 prospects up within the air, it isn’t straightforward to place an total grade on it.

The Yankees course corrected and admitted fault with the Grey signing whereas the Reds are hoping they will restart Grey’s profession, one thing dangerous however I consider is a protected wager. The Mariners are doing Mariner issues, however get a soon-to-be main leaguer out of it.

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