The Houston Astros and the Oakland Athletics are currently in talks about A’s starter Sonny Gray. However, the Astros may also be looking to the Detroit Tigers for Justin Verlander.
With six of the top 100 prospects in baseball (according to MLBPipline.com) in the Astros organization, they look like a great match as trade partners with the Oakland Athletics.
Then again, Athletics vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane has never been a fan of trading within the division. Plus, with the strides Gray has made since June (he’s put up a 3.02 ERA in his last nine starts), it might not be prudent to trade him to a team within the division.
His stock is up, there is no doubt about that. There is still the question of his healthy but as noted, he’s been pitching like the Sonny Gray of old lately and appears healthy. Should he remain healthy he could be a threat to the young Athletics team. Each team in each division plays every other team in their division 19 times per season.
Other teams such as the Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs have all also been linked to Gray …..