The New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics have agreed to a blockbuster trade that will send all-star pitcher Sonny Gray to the Bronx in exchange for OF's Jorge Mateo, Dustin Fowler, and pitcher James Kaprielian, per Yes' Jack Curry and Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan.
The Yankees have been trying to acquire Sonny Gray for the past two weeks and they have finally landed their guy. GM Billy Beane of the Athletics wanted the sensational Estevan Florial and Mateo in exchange for Gray but it appears the two sides reached an agreement with Fowler and Mateo instead.
Gray, 27, has pitched stellar all season. He is 6-5 with a 3.43 ERA this year. Gray has three more seasons of control left on his contract before he is set to become a free agent after the 2020 season. With Pineda and maybe Tanaka hitting the free agent market after the season, the Yankees will look up to Gray to lead their rotaton.
Mateo, 22, made the conversion to center field after playing shortstop for most of his pro career. In High-A and AA this year, Mateo has slashed a line of .258/.318/.438 with 8 HRs and 37 RBIs. Entering the season, MLB.com had him ranked as #47 on their prospect ranking list.
Fowler, 22, has appeared in only one major league game in his career and it came this season. Before he can bat for the first time in his career, he dove into a wall to make a catch in right field and ruptured his right patella tendon. He will not be playing again this year, as he recovers from surgery. While he spent some time in AAA this year, he batted .293 with 13 HRs and 47 RBIs. Fowler has the capability to play all three outfield positions.
Kaprielian, 23, is recovering from tommy John surgery. He is expected to be ready before spring training next season. The righty pitcher has only reached High-A.