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 Braves announced on Thursday that the club has inked lefty reliever Will Smith to a three-year, $39 million contract with a club option for the 2023 season worth $13 million. Smith received a qualifying offer worth $17.8 million from the Giants, so he opted for a lower average annual value for a longer contract.
Smith, 30, was an All-Star last season with the Giants, finishing with 34 saves, a 2.76 ERA, and a 96/21 K/BB ratio across 65 1/3 innings. Across parts of seven seasons in the majors, he has a 3.53 ERA.
Smith, the top free agent left-handed reliever, will join a strong Braves bullpen which already includes Mark Melancon, Shane Greene, and Sean Newcomb.