Here is something Yankee fans didn't expect to hear: RHP Sonny Gray could be a potential trade asset.
At least, that's what FanCred Sports' Jon Heyman has been hearing as the trade market begins to swirl with a little over a week left before the July 31 deadline.
It is no secret Gray has struggled since coming over to New York from the A's last season. He owns a 4.69 ERA over 30 starts with the Yankees, and even worse, he has a 7.62 ERA at Yankee Stadium this season.
But, then, there are starts like Saturday's against the Mets where Gray shows his arsenal on the bump can be deadly. Other examples like his shutdown, eight-inning performance in Toronto have displayed the frontline rotation piece the Yankees hoped he would be.
Gray hasn't shown consistency, though, and Heyman is hearing teams think he would be better suited in a less volatile market than New York. Will the Yankees be willing to subtract a starter from their rotation even though their mission is to add to it?
That will be the ultimate question at the end of the day, which is why Heyman is skeptical anything will get done in a Gray deal. That doesn't mean Cashman won't be listening, though.
In 19 starts (96.0 innings) this season, Gray owns a 5.34 ERA/4.41 FIP with a 1.49 WHIP as well.