MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports that Reds starter Sonny Gray had arthroscopic surgery performed on his right elbow on Wednesday, removing loose bodies. Sheldon notes that Gray has pitched with those loose bodies in his elbow all season. Gray is expected to have a normal offseason.
Gray, 29, had an outstanding bounce-back year, finishing with a 2.87 ERA and a 205/68 K/BB ratio in 175 1/3 innings. He made the All-Star team for the second time in his seven-year career and will likely get some downballot votes for the NL Cy Young Award. Gray posted a 4.90 ERA with the Yankees in 2018. He attributed that to the Yankees’ insistence that he throw sliders.
Gray signed a three-year, $30.5 million extension — which will begin next year — with the Reds as part of the trade that brought him to Cincinnati from the Yankees. He’ll go from his $7.5 million salary this year to $10 million annually throughout the life of the contract. The Reds also hold a $12 million club option for 2023. If Gray continues to pitch like he did this year, that contract will look like an absolute steal for the Reds.