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Athletics trade rumors: Oakland ‘actively listening’ on Sonny Gray

However, it seems unlikely he is moved.

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Oakland is “actively listening to offers” for right-handed starter Sonny Gray, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.

Gray’s name was consistently mentioned in trade rumors in advance of the non-waiver trade deadline, but the A’s were reluctant to move him. However, the Athletics seem open to shopping veterans this winter, and Gray might be among them.

Though Gray was plagued by injuries and struggled last season, pitching to a 5.69 ERA and 4.67 FIP over 117.0 innings with the Athletics, he might yield a significant return because of the weak state of the given free agent starting pitching market.

Gray is still 27 and under club control for another three seasons, and as a result, the Athletics are unlikely to move him unless the deal is ideal for both sides. Though he struggled last season, Gray pitched to a 2.88 ERA over his first three seasons with the Athletics.

Oakland might have been hesitant to move Gray in the past but might be more inclined to do so this winter.