The New York Yankees showed the baseball world once again they aren’t content with just making the postseason — their focus is on winning the World Series.
The Bronx Bombers bolstered their rotation on Monday, acquiring Oakland A’s ace Sonny Gray for three prospects and $1.5 million in international bonus pool money. They also acquired left-hander Jaime Garcia, relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle plus third baseman Todd Frazier, giving the Yankees one of the most well-rounded teams in the majors.
The interest in Gray was widespread, with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals rumored to be in the mix for the 27-year-old right-hander who is under team control through 2019.
Gray was one of the better pitchers in baseball from 2013 to 2015, producing 8.2 wins above replacement, 15th among qualified American League pitchers during that span. He missed parts of the 2016 season with a strained right trapezius and a forearm injury but appears to be making a comeback in 2017: 6-5 with a 3.43 ERA, striking out 23.5 percent of batters faced, his highest mark since his 2013 rookie season.
C.C. Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino and Jordan Montgomery, plus the newly acquired Garcia.
Gray has a few pitches in his repertoire, often utilizing two fastballs, an off-speed pitch
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