Yan­kees: Armed and dan­ger­ous

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

NEW YORK — The Yan­kees added an­other po­tent pitch­ing arm to their start­ing ro­ta­tion on Mon­day, ac­quir­ing Sonny Gray from the Oakland Ath­let­ics for three mi­nor-league prospects.

“This team has shown it’s got the abil­ity to al­low us to push a lot of these chips in the mid­dle of the ta­ble and rec­og­nize 2017 has a chance to be spe­cial,” said New York general man­ager Brian Cash­man. “We’re try­ing to go from good to great.”

A 27-year-old right-han­der, Gray is 6-5 with a 3.43 ERA in 16 starts this sea­son and 4-2 with a 1.37 ERA in his last six out­ings.

He slots into the mid­dle of a for­mi­da­ble ro­ta­tion that in­cludes Luis Sev­erino, Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sa­bathia and Jaime Gar­cia, ac­quired on Sun­day from Min­nesota.

Gray, an All-Star in 2015 when he won 14 games for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive sea­son and fin­ished third in AL Cy Young Award vot­ing, makes $3.6 mil­lion and is not el­i­gi­ble for free agency un­til after the 2019 sea­son.

Oakland re­ceived Jorge Ma­teo, a top short­stop-out­fielder prospect at Dou­ble-A; right-han­der James Ka­prielian, the 16th over­all pick in the 2015 am­a­teur draft who is re­cov­er­ing from Tommy John surgery; and Dustin Fowler, an out­fielder who rup­tured a ten­don in his right knee in the first in­ning of his ma­jor-league de­but on June 29, end­ing his sea­son.

New York also re­ceives $1.5 mil­lion in in­ter­na­tional- sign­ing-bonus from the A’s.

In the works for weeks, the deal was an­nounced less than an hour be­fore Mon­day af­ter­noon’s dead­line for mak­ing trades with­out waivers.

“Most of our se­ri­ous con­ver­sa­tions were with the Yan­kees,” Oakland ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent of base­ball op­er­a­tions Billy Beane said.

“We’re in last place, so we needed to do some­thing. Sonny was a great player for us, but at this point we need a lot of great play­ers.

“There’s a tal­ent deficit that ex­ists right now, and the way to ac­quire mul­ti­ple good play­ers is to trade some of the good play­ers you have.”

Yan­kees man­ager Joe Gi­rardi was ec­static to ac­quire an­other proven arm. al­lo­ca­tion

“I think we’ve def­i­nitely im­proved our­selves,” Gi­rardi said. “When I look at own­er­ship and the front of­fice, they’ve given us an op­por­tu­nity to do some­thing spe­cial here. Now we have to go out and do it.”

Last sea­son, the Yan­kees stock­piled prospects at the trade dead­line by deal­ing away vet­eran stars An­drew Miller, Aroldis Chap­man and Car­los Bel­tran.

But with the emer­gence of young slug­gers Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and oth­ers, New York en­tered Mon­day with a half-game lead in the AL East over Bos­ton. The Yan­kees missed the play­offs last year and haven’t won a post­sea­son se­ries since 2012.

BRAD PEN­NER / USA TO­DAY SPORTS

New York Yan­kees out­fielder Aaron Judge rips his MLB-lead­ing 34th home run of the sea­son — a solo shot in the fifth in­ning of Mon­day’s 7-3 vic­tory over the Detroit Tigers at Yan­kee Sta­dium.

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