The New York Yankees acted boldly Monday to address their biggest weakness, agreeing to a deal with the Oakland Athletics for starter Sonny Gray. The Yankees will send three top prospects — starter James Kaprielian, infielder/outfielder Jorge Mateo and outfielder Dustin Fowler — to the A’s.
In Gray, 27, the Yankees get a former All-Star who is under team control through 2019. Gray is 6-5 with a 3.43 ERA in 16 starts this season, and twice won 14 games for the A’s after an impressive showing as a rookie in the 2013 playoffs.
The Yankees, who lead the American League East by a half-game over Boston, needed to bolster their rotation after recently losing Michael Pineda to Tommy John surgery. They also have two young starters — Luis Severino and Jordan Montgomery — who may be approaching innings limitations as the season goes on.
Gray, who will slot near the front of the rotation, is the second starter to join the team in two days, with the Yankees having traded for veteran left-hander Jaime Garcia from the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
At last summer’s nonwaiver deadline, the Yankees traded relievers Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller in separate deals for top prospects Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier and Justus Sheffield. They held onto all of those players at this deadline, and included two injured players in the package for Gray.
Kaprielian, 23, was the Yankees’ first-round pick (16th overall) in the 2015 draft but had Tommy John surgery in August. Fowler, 22, had knee surgery in June after suffering a ruptured right patellar tendon in the first inning of his major league debut.
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