Marlins wanted prospect Bumgarner for Uggla

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Giants general manager Brian Sabean was second-guessed by some for
trading 2007 first-round pick Tim Alderson to the Pirates for second
baseman Freddy Sanchez in July. Is there any chance they’d deal their
other 2007 first-round pick to upgrade their offense? Probably not.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, the Marlins have asked for
prospect pitcher Madison Bumgarner in return for slugger Dan Uggla. Sabean, however, said
he won’t give up any “prime assets” for a player close to free agency.

Bumgarner is 27-5 with a 1.65 ERA and an 0.97 WHIP in 49 games (48
starts) over his first two professional seasons. He was recently named the Giants No. 2
prospect by Baseball America. The 20-year-old southpaw made his major
league debut with the Giants in 2009, posting a 1.80 ERA in four
appearances (one start). There’s a chance he could be San
Francisco’s No. 5 starter in 2010, but he is expected to begin the season
with Triple-A Fresno.

Report: Yankees, Reds finalizing trade for Sonny Gray

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Barring physicals and roster reshuffling, the Yankees and Reds are all but ready to finalize a deal involving right-hander Sonny Gray, Fancred’s Jon Heyman reported Saturday. The exact return has not been confirmed, but Heyman hears that the Yankees will receive top infield prospect Shed Long and a draft pick in exchange for Gray, with an as-yet unnamed third player possibly involved as well.

According to several reports earlier in the day, negotiations came down to the wire as the Yankees first had their eye on the Reds’ no. 6 prospect, 22-year-old catcher Tyler Stephenson. The Reds ultimately elected to hang on to Stephenson and send Long to New York, as they currently have a greater need for catching depth and weren’t expected to be able to provide a full-time role for the infielder in 2019. Long, 23, is ranked seventh in the Reds’ system and appears to be nearing his MLB debut after batting .261/.353/.412 with 12 homers and a .765 OPS across 522 PA at Double-A Pensacola last year.

Gray figures to step into a prominent role within the Reds’ rotation, which is likely to be a mix of recently-acquired left-hander Alex Wood and right-handers Tanner Roark, Luis Castillo, Anthony DeSclafani, and Tyler Mahle, among several others. Despite Gray’s struggle to remain productive on the mound — he’s three years removed from his only All-Star campaign and turned in a disappointing 4.90 ERA and 2.16 SO/BB rate in 2018 — he might yet help stabilize a team that trotted out the fifth-worst rotation in the majors last season. If, on the other hand, the veteran righty finds the hitter-friendly confines of Great American Ball Park a little too unforgiving this year, the Reds can take some comfort in the fact that he’s due to enter free agency in 2020.