Yankees general manager Brian Cashman suggested today that trading Sonny Gray this offseason would be best for both parties.
Gray posted a 4.90 ERA over 30 appearances, with 23 of them being starts prior to a demotion to the bullpen. While he seemed to handle it all professionally, it’s also the case that he has been a disappointment for the Yankees and that it would be in his best interests to get a change of scenery as well. As it is, he’s unlikely to be thought of as a starter by the Yankees again, but another club is likely willing to take a chance that he can return to his pre-2018 form.
That form: four and a half seasons in Oakland in which he posted a 3.42 ERA (114 ERA+) and was considered a front line starter.
The World Series champion Red Sox are scheduled to visit President Trump in the White House on February 15. Some have speculated that manager Álex Cora, who is from Puerto Rico and has been critical of Trump and has been a big factor in Hurricane Maria relief efforts, might not go as a form of protest. Thus far, nothing concrete has been reported on that front.
However, third baseman Rafael Devers says he isn’t going to join the Red Sox on their visit to the White House, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports. Devers would prefer to focus on baseball, as the Red Sox open spring training on February 13 and position players have to report on February 17. Per Chris Mason, Devers also said via a translator, “The opportunity was presented and I just wasn’t compelled to go.”
Devers hails from the Dominican Republic and he, like many of Major League Baseball’s foreign-born player base, might not be happy about Trump’s immigration policies. Understandably, he is being tight-lipped about his motivation, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Devers is making a silent protest by choosing not to attend. He is thus far the only member of the team to bow out.
Devers, 22, hit .240/.298/.433 with 21 home runs, 66 RBI, and 59 runs scored in 490 plate appearances last season.
Last year, when the Astros visited Trump at the White House, they did so without Carlos Correa and Carlos Beltrán. Both are from Puerto Rico. It is certainly not unprecedented for individual players to opt out of the White House visit.
No word yet on what food will be served during Boston’s trip to the nation’s capital, but the smart money is on hamberders.