The Yankees and Athletics are “close enough to get over the hump” on a Sonny Gray deal by 4 p.m. ET, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. Crasnick adds that finalizing the deal will “still take some compromise.”
The clubs have been discussing Gray for days and were reportedly progressing toward a deal early this weekend, but the talks seem to have hit an impasse Sunday. Oakland is likely looking for a package centered around outfield prospect Estevan Florial, with the other prospects potentially involved in a prospective deal still undecided.
Gray has also been linked to the Dodgers, Brewers, Cubs, Braves and Padres, though New York is the most motivated suitor and should be considered the favorite. Oakland could keep Gray and try once again to trade him this winter, though having nothing to show for a month of intense trade talks and rumors at the deadline may not be the most savvy move.
New York is said to be unwilling to move top young players Clint Frazier and Gleyber Torres in a deal for Gray.