Sonny Gray headed to the Yankees for Dustin Fowler, Jorge Mateo and James Kaprielian – New York News

No Gray area on this matter.


Forget 2018. The Yankees are going for it this season, too.

After strengthening their bullpen less than two weeks ago by adding David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle and bolstering the back end of their rotation by trading for Jaime Garcia on Sunday, the Yankees completed a deal weeks in the making with the A’s on Monday, acquiring righthander Sonny Gray for the front end of the rotation.

GM Brian Cashman was not forced to surrender top young players such as Gleyber Torres or Clint Frazier, but the deal was far from pain-free. The Yankees parted with the highly regarded Jorge Mateo, Dustin Fowler and James Kaprielian. Mateo and Fowler are outfielders, and Kaprielian, a righthander, was the Yankees’ No. 1 pick (16th overall) in the 2015 draft. The latter two are out for the season with injuries. Fowler ruptured his right patellar tendon when he ran into a wall in foul territory in the first inning of his major-league debut a month ago and Kaprielian underwent Tommy John surgery on April 18.

“A lot of risk for Oakland,” one opposing team executive said. “But it makes sense for both sides.”

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