2018 Cincinnati Reds: Season in Review
Photo: David Jablonski - Staff Writer
Photo: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Report: Reds ‘finalizing’ trade for Yankees starting pitcher

The Cincinnati Reds are finalizing a trade for Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

The Reds would send second base prospect Shed Long, a draft pick and possibly a lesser minor leaguer to the Yankees.

The Reds have acquired two starters — right-hander Tanner Roark from the Nationals and left-hander Alex Wood from the Dodgers — in offseason trades thus far. The Reds were reportedly interested in a trade for Gray back in November.

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Gray, 29, was 11-9 with a 4.90 ERA last season in 23 starts. In 30 appearances, the right-hander struck out 123 and walked 57 in 130 1/3 innings. He will become a free agent after the 2019 season.

New pitching coach Derek Johnson was Gray’s pitching coach 2009 to 2011 while they were both at Vanderbilt University.

Long is the seventh-ranked prospect in the Reds system. Last season at Double-A Pensacola he hit .262 with 12 home runs and 56 RBIs. He spent the 2015 season and part of 2016 with the Dayton Dragons.

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