Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray will not take to the hill for his scheduled start against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
Gray isn’t injured or feeling ill. Instead, the A’s will pull him from his start at the demand of teams interested in trading for the ace prior to Monday’s deadline.
— Bob Klapisch (@BobKlap) July 29, 2017
The 27-year-old Gray has been the most bandied about starting pitcher on the trade market. He’s drawn interest from the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and San Diego Padres, among other teams.
It’s safe to assume Gray will be moved prior to Monday’s non-waiver deadline. Where that might be is anyone’s guess.
The former All-Star is pitching to a 6-5 record with a 3.43 ERA and 1.18 WHIP on the season. Over the course of his past six starts, Gray has posted a 1.37 ERA with a 0.81 WHIP. He remains the top starter available to contending teams on the trade market.