A Sonny Gray trade is probably coming soon
The Sonny Gray situation is sort of a weird one, not in that he’s going to be traded but rather in how public it’s been. The Yankees traded for Gray in 2017 and he just hasn’t worked out in New York, particularly this past year. He was a disaster for much of 2018, pitching to a 4.90 ERA over 130 innings this past summer. He was legitimately unplayable for stretches this season. That the Yankees want to move on the year before his free agency makes some sense. They’ve been extremely public about it, though, which doesn’t happen all that much. Still, teams are lining up for potential deals. A number of teams have reportedly made offers for Gray, including the Reds and the Athletics. Quick note: If the Yankees get Jeter Downs for Gray, I will melt down.
The Phillies are going to spend
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY sat down with Phillies owner John Middleton recently to talk about what should be an interesting offseason for Philadelphia. They are coming off a fairly extensive rebuild and look ready to compete for real in 2019. That means boosting their roster, and after not spending for a long time they are expecting to spend a lot this offseason. According to Middleton, they may even “be a little stupid about it.” This is, frankly, refreshing to hear from an ownership group in an era where some of the biggest market teams in the league are treating the luxury tax threshold like a salary cap. It is also good news for the Red Sox, as Philly is the Yankees biggest competition for guys like Manny Machado, Bryce Harper and maybe even Patrick Corbin.
Peter Bourjos signs a minor-league deal with the Angels
This one ultimately isn’t a huge deal, as Peter Bourjos is not all that exciting of a player. That said, the outfielder has signed a minor-league deal with the Angels. Bourjos isn’t a very good player at this point, though he can still play good defense. I bring this deal up only because the Red Sox should, and likely are, be looking at deals like this. They don’t have room on the major-league bench to bring in outfield depth, but they could use someone to stash in Pawtucket if they can. Right now, according to Sox Prospects’ projected rosters, the projected Triple-A outfield is Rusney Castillo, Tate Matheny and Sam Travis.