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Report: Braves, Twins, Rangers, and Padres are in on Sonny Gray

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Yankees right-hander Sonny Gray is reportedly up for grabs this season after a disappointing performance in the Bronx, and there appears to be no shortage of suitors vying for the starter’s services. In addition to the Reds, who were linked to the team by Jon Heyman earlier this month, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Athletics, Braves, Twins, Rangers and Padres have all expressed interest in the righty, though no one team has emerged as a frontrunner in trade talks yet.

Gray’s stock has fallen considerably from his days as a 2.73-ERA, 3.8-fWAR hurler in the Athletics’ rotation. The 29-year-old was dealt to the Yankees for Dustin Fowler, Jorge Mateo and James Kaprielian at the 2017 trade deadline and completed his first full season with the club in 2018 with a 4.90 ERA, 8.5 SO/9 and career-worst 3.9 BB/9 through 130 1/3 innings out of the rotation and bullpen. After several shaky starts in July and August, he was officially booted from the rotation to make room for right-hander Lance Lynn and finished out the Yankees’ regular season in the ‘pen.

While Gray’s struggles caused some consternation as the Yankees pushed for a playoff berth in 2018, there’s nothing to suggest that he’s incapable of bouncing back in his final arbitration-eligible season. His poor performance was largely linked to Yankee Stadium, where he limped to a 6.98 ERA, 6.8 SO/9 and 5.3 BB/9 through 15 appearances and 59 1/3 innings while maintaining fairly solid numbers on the road.

No one team has taken the lead on negotiations so far, but the Athletics appear to have a more vested interest as Gray’s first major-league club — and the only one that’s personally benefited from his Cy Young-caliber performance in recent years. The Braves and Twins could also make a serious play for the righty, with both clubs poised to make a run at their respective division titles in 2019. The Rangers, Reds and Padres, meanwhile, figure as clear outliers as 95+ loss teams who have long-term rebuilds still ahead of them.

White Sox slugger Jiménez sidelined with bruised foot

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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.

The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.

Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.

“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”

The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.