The Cincinnati Reds are reportedly open to trading right-handed pitcher Sonny Gray according to Buster Olney of ESPN. Olney is reporting, though, that both Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle are off limits.
Rumors has persisted for each of the last two offseasons that the Reds were potentially shopping Sonny Gray. Last year it was out there most of the offseason but at the end of things the 2-time All-Star pitcher returned to the Reds and made 26 starts for Cincinnati in 2021. He threw 135.1 innings over those starts and posted a 1.22 WHIP and 4.19 ERA where he walked 50 batters and struck out 155 of them. His home run rate was the second worst of his career – only his home run rate in 2016 when he was still pitching for the Oakland Athletics.
Contractually, the Reds owe Sonny Gray $10,166,667 for the 2022 season. That is the last year that he has guaranteed money on his deal. However there is a $12,000,000 team option for the 2023 season when he will be 33-years-old. With where he’s been in the past – even the recent past – that feels like a good contract for teams out there. There’s no long-term commitment, the dollar amount is quite low for what you could get, and a one year deal could turn into a two year deal if the team wants it to.
Early in the offseason there were rumors that the Reds were at least listening to calls about Luis Castillo. That, of course, makes sense. You don’t know what someone is willing to offer until you pick up the phone when someone is calling. But it seems that Cincinnati wasn’t hearing anything remotely close to what they felt was the right price of acquisition. We didn’t hear any rumors about Tyler Mahle being potentially available, but if you had been wondering about that one, it seems that the Reds are going to be holding onto the 27-year-old.