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With trade speculation dominating the offseason, here's a list of Yankees who have been rumored in deals, where they rank them from most likely to be traded to least likely, and why.

1. RHP Sonny Gray

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Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado celebrates after hitting a home run during the first inning against the against the Atlanta Braves in Game 2 of the 2018 NLDS at Dodger Stadium. (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado celebrates after hitting a home run during the first inning against the against the Atlanta Braves in Game 2 of the 2018 NLDS at Dodger Stadium. (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

The Yankees have reached the offseason many believed would see them make monumental moves that push them back to the head of the pack in the American League as they aim for a 28th World Series title. 

Here is an update of rumors surrounding the Yankees pursuits, followed by my take on how things currently stand and may shake out...

Happ signing doesn't preclude trade

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New York Yankees' Sonny Gray reacts as he heads to the dugout during the second inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees Friday, May 11, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Yankees' Sonny Gray reacts as he heads to the dugout during the second inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees Friday, May 11, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Yankees may not want Sonny Gray on their team anymore, but they are certainly holding him in high regard for any potential suitors. 

Per Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees asked the Cincinnati Reds for top outfield prospect Taylor Tramell in exchange for the right-hander. 

The Reds declined, of course. 

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Sep 5, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) walks off the field during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)
Sep 5, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) walks off the field during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

The Yankees and Mets ignited the hot stove in Las Vegas at the Winter Meetings Monday night when word broke that the clubs were trying to work a three-team deal with the Marlins that would net the Yanks right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard and the Mets, catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Eventually, the smoke settled, as SNY's Andy Martino reported that the Yankees are interested in the Mets starting pitching as a whole (Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz would seem the logical options), and not just Syndergaard. 

How would each pitcher help the Yankees?

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Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado, waits in the dugout before being presented with his All-Star jersey before playing the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) (Gail Burton/AP)
Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado, waits in the dugout before being presented with his All-Star jersey before playing the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) (Gail Burton/AP)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

James Paxton is a terrific addition to the Yankees rotation and whatever relief pieces GM Brian Cashman lures to the Bronx likely will be key bullpen figures in 2019, too. Cashman also wants another starting pitcher. 
 
Whoever those hurlers are, though, they won't make the kind of splash that signing Bryce Harper or Manny Machado would. Heck, or both. This is the Yankees we're talking about, after all. 
 
Nor will the new pitchers impact the Yankee payroll in quite the same way as the 26-year-old mega-stars, who are projected by some this winter to stomp Giancarlo Stanton's record $325 million contract. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray, Anthony McCarron
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees have reached the offseason many believed would see them make monumental moves that push them back to the head of the pack in the American League, as they aim for a 28th World Series title.

Here is an update of rumors surrounding the Yankees pursuits, followed by my take on how things currently stand and may shake out...

Corbin heads to Washington, Yankees to drawing board

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Sonny Gray (55) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sonny Gray (55) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman is still working hard to ship Sonny Gray out of the Bronx, and there are reportedly a couple teams interested in a trade.

Milwaukee and San Diego have spoken to the Yankees about acquiring Gray, a source confirmed to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, joining a long list of teams that have inquired about the 29-year-old starter. 

SNY's Andy Martino has noted that Cashman is waiting for "the right deal," as at least 11 teams have reportedly checked in with him. Cashman tendered Gray a contract this past Friday, but the pitcher is expected to be wearing another uniform before the 2019 season.

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Aug 1, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) reacts after giving up runs in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 1, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) reacts after giving up runs in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

On Friday, the Yankees tendered all 40 contracts on their 40-man roster. However, one of those players that was tendered a contract is expected to be out the door soon.

GM Brian Cashman has made it clear he is working hard to trade RHP Sonny Gray, and get a good package in return for the 28-year-old. Since Gray came over in 2017, he has fallen short of his expectations, and the Yankees want to find him a new home where he will hope to resurrect his dominance on the bump.

And the Yankees have several suitors around the league for Gray. SNY's Andy Martino noted Cashman saying "a lot of teams" were inquiring about Gray, but he wanted to wait for "the right deal." There are reportedly 11 teams on the list, with the Reds and A's among them.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ pitches in the first inning against Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Brad Rempel/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ pitches in the first inning against Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Brad Rempel/USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Even after trading for Seattle ace James Paxton, the Yankees are looking to acquire a high-end starting pitcher, according to major league sources. Free agent Patrick Corbin is the most likely target, but J.A. Happ and Dallas Keuchel are also in the mix.

The Yanks have stayed engaged with Cleveland regarding Corey Kluber and other starters, but the Indians' prices are high.

Mutual interest between the Yankees and Corbin is real, but the lefty also appeals to the Phillies and Mets, among other teams...

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray pitches in the third inning against Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Brad Rempel/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray pitches in the third inning against Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Brad Rempel/USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees have multiple offers on the table for RHP Sonny Gray and are in the process of weighing them, according to major league sources.

GM Brian Cashman has been open about Gray's need for a change of scenery, after the righty struggled in the Bronx. Despite selling low, the Yankees should bring back some legitimate talent in the trade, because of his upside, and the ever-present need for pitching.

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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman talks with media during practice at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman talks with media during practice at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees hope to re-sign CC Sabathia, aim to add multiple pitchers via trade or free agency and have received interest in Sonny Gray, GM Brian Cashman told reporters at GM Meetings on Monday.

"We need to reinforce our pitching, so we'll do the best we can with that," Cashman said, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "That seems to be a yearly effort."

The Yankees will enter the 2019 season with Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka as staples from last season's rotation and could also put top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield in the mix, but Cashman said he hopes the team will re-sign Sabathia, who has been with the Yankees since 2009.

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees typically traverse the offseason like a wild cat laying in the weeds, readying to pounce on the move that fits into the organization's methodological game plan. With the GM Meetings set to begin Monday, what might be areas where the Yankees concentrate their efforts?

This offseason likely won't be any different than the past, although the cat might take some early morsels before devouring the bulk of its prey. The Yankees established their priorities immediately after their ouster from the playoffs -- again a consistent part of the overall strategy.

Make space

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

The stars, literally and figuratively, have lined up for the Yankees to make a splash this winter.

The burden of heavy league taxes has been removed and a robust free-agent market is before them. The Yankees worked for years to diminish payroll expenditures with an eye toward the 2019 season.

Tags: Aaron Judge, David Robertson, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jordan Montgomery, Justus Sheffield, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Sonny Gray, Chris Carelli
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Didi Gregorius (18) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Didi Gregorius (18) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees have nine arbitration-eligible players this offseason. Six of them are locks to be offered arbitration, and three of them have a more uncertain Yankees future.

According to MLB Trade Rumors, here's what they're projected to make if offered arbitration, and what the rest of their contract situation is. We'll first tackle the locks to be offered arbitration, followed by the question marks...

Locks

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Mar 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Yankee Stadium before the game between the New York City and the Los Angeles Galaxy. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Mar 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Yankee Stadium before the game between the New York City and the Los Angeles Galaxy. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Here are the key 2018 MLB offseason dates, and how they impact the Mets...


Day after World Series ends: Free agency begins

Outfielder Bryce Harper and shortstop/third baseman Manny Machado headline the free agent class, and the Yanks are expected to have interest in at least Machado. But the Yankees' main need will be starting pitching help, and Patrick CorbinDallas Keuchel and old friend Nathan Eovaldi will be among the best arms available. When it comes to relievers, Craig Kimbrel, Adam Ottavino, and Jeurys Familia will be among the headliners as the Yankees could look to recreate their "super bullpen."

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, David Robertson, Neil Walker, Sonny Gray, Tommy Kahnle, Danny Abriano
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: As the Yankees look toward the 2019 season, the starting rotation will be chief among the facets the club will seek to improve. They need an ace. They need a strong No. 2 and heck, they need a back-end of the rotation arm.

As it stands, the Yankees have two starters -- Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka -- locked into roster spots. Yankees GM Brian Cashman has already stated he will try to trade Sonny Gray, while J.A. Happ and CC Sabathia are free agents.

So, how will the Yankees build the 2019 rotation?

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

Right after being eliminated in the ALDS, questions stirred regarding the slew of free agents that are on the Yankees' roster. Who should stay and who should go?

Zach Britton

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Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Greg Bird has been left off of the Yankees' American League Wild Card roster as the Bombers are set to face the A's on Wednesday night.

The first baseman only appeared in just seven of New York's 27 games in September, starting only three times. 

The 25-year-old hit just .199 this season with 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 82 games.

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Sep 11, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer (7) hits a grand slam home run in the fifth inning against New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle (48) at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Sep 11, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer (7) hits a grand slam home run in the fifth inning against New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle (48) at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

The Twins scored 10 runs in a span of three innings against the Yankees on Tuesday night and held on for a 10-5 win. >> Box score


1) Happ (16-6) remained undefeated as a Yankee by striking out three batters and shutting down the Twins. In eight starts since being traded from the Blue Jays, Happ is 6-0 with a 2.70 ERA with New York.

2) Miguel Andujar, Giancarlo Stanton and Didi Gregorius each hit run-scoring doubles in a six-run seventh inning as the Yankees moved within eight games of the AL East-leading Red Sox.

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Jul 29, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) during game against Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 29, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) during game against Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees (81-47) and Orioles (37-92) play game two of their doubleheader on Saturday at 7:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

Today marks the Yankees' fourth doubleheader of the season, their highest total in a season since playing five in 2011. ... The Yankees are 3-1 on their six-game road trip after defeating Baltimore in their series opener on Friday and splitting a 2G series at Miami. ... Have reached 80 wins in their fewest games to start a season since also going 80-47 to begin the 2002 season. ... Own the Majors' best record when their starter tosses at least 6.0IP at 50-7 (.877).

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The BNNY crew discusses Sony Gray's solid start, the Yankees sweeping the doubleheader with the Orioles, and the AL East race.

Fresh off a game one victory earlier in the day, the Yankees completed a doubleheader sweep of the Orioles on Saturday night with a 5-1 win. >> Box score


1) Sonny Gray pitched 6.1 scoreless innings and struck out seven batters in the process as he stifled the Orioles' offense into the seventh inning.

2) Austin Romine went 3-for-4 and capped off his day at the plate with a solo home run in the ninth inning. Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks each had RBI singles for the Yankees, who totaled 12 hits in the nightcap. Hicks, Miguel Andujar, and Gleyber Torres contributed two hits each. 

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone and pitcher Jonathan Holder discuss the problematic inning that led to the Yankees' 15-7 loss to the Red Sox.

The Yankees got out to an early lead but the bullpen quickly faltered in their 15-7 loss to the Red Sox in Boston. >> Box score

Things to know about tonight's game

1) CC Sabathia wasn't explicitly awful, allowing two runs in three innings while escaping multiple jams, but he turned the game over to the bullpen earlier than they could handle.

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Gray struggles again 00:04:56
The BNNY panel discusses if Sonny Gray needs to be taken out of the rotation and if trading for Gray is Brian Cashman's worst move.
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Aug 1, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) reacts after giving up runs in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 1, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) reacts after giving up runs in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Sonny Gray imploded once again as the Yankees couldn't claw back into this one, losing 7-5 to the Orioles in the Bronx. >> Box score

Things to know about tonight's game

1) It's the same story over and over again with Gray. After tossing a great outing in his last start, he took the Yankee Stadium mound on Wednesday and threw a dud. He allowed seven runs on eight hits over 2.2 innings against an Orioles offense he dominated just a few weeks back. As fans booed him off the mound, you got to wonder what the Yankees are thinking of doing with Gray down the road. 

 

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Should Gray start in playoffs? 00:01:02
Will the Yankees entrust Sonny Gray with a playoff start after continual poor outings in Yankee Stadium or choose Lance Lynn instead?

Boos rained down on Yankees RHP Sonny Gray on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium after he was shelled by the Orioles.

Gray exited after 2.2 innings, having allowed seven runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out three as his ERA for the season rose to 5.56.

With his rotation spot in jeopardy last month, Gray had responded with three strong starts before Wednesday's drubbing -- allowing just three runs in 16.1 innings. 

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

Sometimes, being aggressive in the winter is better than hoping to perform alterations in the summer.

The Yankees will be making phone calls around the league over the next several days, searching to upgrade the club's starting rotation. It is arguable the Yankees made a mistake by not being more vigorous pursuers in the starting pitching market during the winter.

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Sonny Gray (55) Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Sonny Gray (55) Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

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. 

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Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets have finalized their starting rotation for their Subway Series matchup against the Yankees following the All-Star break.

Noah Syndergaard will get the start on Friday in the series opener against Domingo German, while Steven Matz will pitch on Saturday and Jacob deGrom will be on the mound on Sunday in the series finale. Matz will be opposed by Sonny Gray on Saturday and Masahiro Tanaka will pitch for the Yankees in the series finale. 

Syndergaard will make his second start since returning from the disabled list with a strained ligament in his finger, which forced him to miss more than two months of action.

Tags: Domingo German, Jacob deGrom, Masahiro Tanaka, Noah Syndergaard, Sonny Gray, Steven Matz
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Jul 11, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) pitches during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Jul 11, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) pitches during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Yankees have finalized their starting rotation for their Subway Series matchup against the Mets following the All-Star break.

Domingo German will get the start on Friday in the series opener against Noah Syndergaard, while Sonny Gray will oppose Steven Matz on Saturday. Masahiro Tanaka will pitch for the Yankees in the series finale. 

German limited the Mets to three runs on five hits in six innings on June 9, while Tanaka allowed one run in five innings against the Mets.

Gray has yet to face the Mets this season.

Tags: Domingo German, Jacob deGrom, Masahiro Tanaka, Noah Syndergaard, Sonny Gray, Steven Matz
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Sonny Gray (55) Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Sonny Gray (55) Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Once again, the ace-like stuff that the Yankees expect from Sonny Gray showed its face on Wednesday night in a shutout performace against the Orioles. And this performance couldn't have come at a better time for the young righty. 

Gray, who has been struggling mightily of late, was going up against the worst team in baseball in Baltimore. Some believed this start to be the last straw for the 28-year-old given the O's 26-66 record entering the game. If Gray coughed up a hitting clinic, the Yankees may have had to reasses their options. 

Luckily for Gray, his arsenal was deadly this time around, giving up only three hits while striking out eight over six innings. But, Yankee fans, we've seen this movie play out before. Gray has a dominant start, but can't sustain that success over a longer stretch. 

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Jul 11, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) pitches during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Jul 11, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) pitches during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Sonny Gray bounced back with six shutout innings and the Yankees hit three home runs en route to a 9-0 win over the Orioles on Wednesday in Baltimore. >> Box score

Things to know about Wednesday's game

1) Gray pitched well against a team he's had success against this season. He never allowed a run in six innings of work and struck out eight batters in the process. He walked just one and threw 90 pitches on the night. 

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Jun 30, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) goes to the dugout between inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 30, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) goes to the dugout between inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Yankees RHP Sonny Gray has been a pinata for opposing hitters for most of this season, and could be in danger of losing his spot in the starting rotation.

Gray, who has a 12.27 ERA (15 earned runs in 11 innings) over his last three starts, toes the rubber on Wednesday night when the Yankees battle the Orioles. Overall, Gray has a 5.85 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in 17 starts this season. 

"It's easy to get down in the dumps and walk around with your head down," Gray said after his most recent start. "I need to stay positive and continue to put in the work, and hopefully turn this thing around. That's all I can really do at this point, is continue to put in the work and continue to try to find the solution."

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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner hits a leadoff single in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner hits a leadoff single in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees and Orioles will continue their series at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

Didi Gregorius has reached base safely in 25 straight games against the Orioles... Greg Bird tied his career-high with four RBI on Tuesday... Jonathan Holder has allowde just two earned runs in his last 29 appearances since he was promoted from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees have hit .380 with four doubles, a triple, two homers, and 22 RBI with runners in scoring position through their last five games.

 

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Jul 6, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) pitches to the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports  (John E. Sokolowski)
Jul 6, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) pitches to the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said after Friday night's game that Sonny Gray will make his next scheduled start.

Gray's struggles continued on Friday night when he allowed five runs in one inning and couldn't make it past the second inning. It was the shortest outing of the season for the right-hander, who only lasted 2 1/3 innings in an 11-0 loss to the Red Sox on June 30.

Gray ran into trouble immediately in the second inning on Friday night, as Randal Grichuk led off with a double. Devon Travis and Curtis Granderson followed up with RBI singles.

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Jun 30, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) goes to the dugout between inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 30, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) goes to the dugout between inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Yankees RHP Sonny Gray hasn't had the best luck in the past few days. 

Gray was not only booed off the mound in his start against the Red Sox on Saturday, but he appears to have been the latest victim of a Twitter hack as well. The hacker goes by "caso," and this isn't the first Major League player he has hacked on the social media platform.

Reds OF Billy Hamilton was the first player to be seen hacked by the new user, and Twins 1B Logan Morrison also saw his Twitter locked up.

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone discusses the blowout loss to the Red Sox and breaks down what went wrong for Sonny Gray on the mound.

Sonny Gray was shelled and the Red Sox continued to pour it on against the Yankees' bullpen in an 11-0 two-hit shutout on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Things to know about Tuesday's game

1) The Red Sox loaded the bases in the first inning for Rafael Devers, who hit a grand slam to give Boston an early 4-0 lead. It was all downhill from here, as Gray continued to struggle in the second inning. He allowed an RBI single to Andrew Benintendi before JD Martinez hit a sacrifice fly, extending Boston's lead to 6-0. In the third, Gray allowed back-to-back singles to open the third inning and recorded just one out before he was replaced.

 

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Jun 23, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jun 23, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees starter Sonny Gray allowed four runs in the Yankees' 4-0 loss to the Rays on Saturday.

Gray allowed his first run in the first inning when Jake Bauers hit an RBI single to drive in Kevin Kiermaier. The Rays scored twice more in the second inning, as Daniel Robertson hit an RBI double and later scored on Willy Adames' single to left field.

Gray, making his 12th career start against the Rays, struck out seven batters and walked one across 6 2/3 innings. He received no run support from the Yankees on offense.

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Sonny Gray's inconsistencies continued and the Yankees' bats fell silent again as the team suffered its first series loss in over a month.

The Yankees endured another rough day at the plate as the offense tallied just four hits in a 4-0 loss to the Rays on Saturday. >> Box score

Things to know about Wednesday's game

1) Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge combined to go 0-for-7 atop the Yankees' batting order. Didi Gregorius was responsible for half of the Yankees' offensive production, as he had two hits. Giancarlo Stanton went 1-for-4 with a double and Austin Romine had a hit.

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Miguel Andujar (41) Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Miguel Andujar (41) Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Yankees (46-21) resume their suspended game against the Nationals (37-31) from May 15 on Monday at 5:05 p.m.

Play was suspended after the top of the sixth inning with the game tied 3-3 in Washington. The Nationals got on the board first after Anthony Rendon hit a solo homer to left field in the bottom of the first off Masahiro Tanaka

The Nationals would add two more in the second after an Andrew Stevenson RBI single followed by an RBI double from Pedro Severino.

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray, Tyler Austin
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Yankees manager Aaron Boone breaks down Sonny Gray's up-and-down outing against the Nationals on Wednesday night.

The Nationals got the last laugh as Juan Soto's solo shot in the top of the seventh was the decision maker in the 5-4 loss for the Yankees on Wednesday night. >> Box score

Things to know about tonight's game

1) Sonny Gray continues to struggle at home, as he allowed four earned runs on seven hits over five innings. Gray didn't have the control of his arsenal on the mound as he did in Toronto in his previous start. He walked into this contest with a 7.22 ERA at home, and didn't do much to clean up that infalted number. Luckily, he had a couple pick offs and good plays in the field to keep the damage low. 

Tags: Chasen Shreve, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Sonny Gray
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Yankees manager Aaron Boone breaks down Sonny Gray's up-and-down outing against the Nationals on Wednesday night.

Yankees RHP Sonny Gray has been stellar on the road this season with a 2.83 ERA. When Gray throws in Yankee Stadium, though, that number rises drastically. 

Gray entered his Wednesday night start against Nationals with a 7.22 ERA at home. And he didn't do much to make that number fall either. 

In the top of the first, Gray let up back-to-back hits to Adam Eaton and Trea Turner who were sitting at the corners for Bryce Harper. Luckily, Gray dropped in a 3-2 curve ball to punch out Harper. Anthony Rendon, though, drove in the first run of the game with a sac fly to center field. 

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Sonny Gray (55) Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
Sonny Gray (55) Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

This is the dominant Sonny Gray the Yankees envisioned when they traded for him last season. 

Gray was absolutely lights out in his start against the Blue Jays Wednesday night, tossing eight shutout innings. He began his outing with four perfect frame, setting down 12 straight batters with five strikeouts coming in those innings. 

In the fifth inning, though, Gray found himself in a jam after Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales had back-to-back hits. With runners on the corners and no outs, Gray was thankfully bailed out due to bad baserunning as Smoak broke toward home on a Kevin Pillar gronder to Miguel Andujar at third. Andujar threw a strike to home, keeping the game scoreless...

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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge connects for a solo home run against the Miami Marlins. (AP)
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge connects for a solo home run against the Miami Marlins. (AP)

The Yankees finally got on the board in the top of the 13th thanks to blasts from Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton to down the Blue Jays, 3-0, in extras Wednesday night. >> Box score

Things to know about tonight's game

1) With the game still knotted in a 0-0 tie in the 13th inning, Judge and Stanton each delivered a blast over the left field fence to put the first runs on the board. Judge waited on a 1-2 curveball from Joe Biagini, and launched it to the seats to give the Yanks a 2-0 lead. Two batters later Stanton hit an absolute laser to left for a solo shot. It measured a 119.3 mph exit velocity.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Giancarlo Stanton, Sonny Gray
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New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks off the field at the end of the top of the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins. (AP)
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks off the field at the end of the top of the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins. (AP)

Luis Severino has been dominant and CC Sabathia -- despite allowing at least four runs in each of his last three starts -- has a 3.55 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. The rest of the Yankees rotation, however, has been a mess.

Sonny Gray has a 5.48 ERA and has walked 25 batters in 46.0 innings. Masahiro Tanaka has a 4.95 ERA and is on pace to allow 39 home runs this season. Domingo German, filling in for the injured Jordan Montgomery, has a 5.59 ERA and has walked 15 batters in 29.0 innings.

So, what can the Yankees do to fix their rotation? The DNL crew discusses below...

Tags: CC Sabathia, Sonny Gray
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

The Yankees (26-11) will open a three-game series with the Athletics (18-19) on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium. 

Yankees notes

The Yankees have won five of six games during their current nine-game homestand... the Yankees are 15-2 vs. all teams outside of their division this season... the 2018 squad is tied with the 2003 and 1994 Yanekes with the best start through 37 games during the last 60 seasons... The Yankees have won nine of 13 games this season when they are losing entering the ninth inning of play.

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 (Thomas Shea)
(Thomas Shea)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

When a new manager arrives -- particularly one who has never done the job before, like Aaron Boone -- you wonder how reliable his public comments about players will be. Some, like Terry Collins, will deliver blunt, analytical assessments, while others, like Joe Girardi, will remain generic and positive, in an effort to keep peace in the clubhouse.

On Monday night, we learned a little more about Boone's style.

Tags: Sonny Gray, Dellin Betances, Andy Martino
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 (Gregory Fisher)
(Gregory Fisher)

With the Bronx being a tough place to succeed, Yankees GM Brian Cashman needed assurance from Athletics executive vice president Billy Beane that newly acquired RHP Sonny Gray could handle the pressure.

Cashman scouted Gray for weeks trying to determine whether or not the 27-year-old could thrive in the bright lights of Yankee Stadium. NorthJersey.com's Bill Klapisch said Beane used his 2013 AL Division Series start against the Detroit Tigers' ace Justin Verlander as proof of his ace status. 

Gray went eight innings, shutting out the Tigers and staying right with Verlander the whole night. Klapisch writes, "Gray couldn't have withstood the crushing pressure on talent alone: he was a warrior, Beane said, who'll perform just as brilliantly in New York in October."

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