The Brewers have been one of baseball’s biggest surprises this season and they appear to be going for it after Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Milwaukee appears to have the most interest in Athletics’ starter Sonny Gray.
Gray, 27, is having a bounce-back year in Oakland with a 5-4 record to go along with a 3.72 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, .226 batting average against, and 3.47 FIP. Gray’s reemergence has established himself as one of the best starting pitchers on the trade market this year.
For the Brewers, their interest in Gray makes sense. First and foremost, the Milwaukee pitching coach Derek Johnson was Gray’s pitching coach at Vanderbilt, and the two are said to being very close. Additionally, Brewers’ GM David Sterns has built up their farm system and they have the pieces to complete a deal, even if it is at a high asking price.
The Brew Crew have five prospects ranked in MLB Pipeline’s top 100 along with a significant amount of depth below that to pull of a multi-prospect deal headlined by a top-line prospect. The club currently holds a 5.5 game lead over the defending champion Chicago Cubs and the Brewers are said to be going for it after their sustained success this season.
Gray has also been linked to the Cubs, Indians, Yankees, Red Sox, and others. However, the Brewers appear to be the team that is in the best position to pull the trigger on the talented right-hander.