The Houston Astros “have remained in contact with the [Oakland A’s] on Sonny Gray,” reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
I don’t have much to say about this, but we’re an A’s site and this is technically an A’s rumor involving the team’s biggest star, so I would be remiss if I didn’t at least mention it. We already knew the A’s are willing to listen on Sonny. We already knew the Astros are looking for top-notch rotation help. Now we know for sure that these particular dots have also been connected by the two teams.
All the normal caveats apply: Sonny had an off-year in 2016, the A’s shouldn’t sell low on him, and it’ll be tough to convince a team to assign him peak value in a trade. In my opinion, there probably isn’t a match out there and Sonny will almost certainly be on the 2017 A’s. But it’s still interesting to know what suitors exist.
For more, here is our previous reporting on Sonny from this winter:
Nov. 10: A’s willing to listen on Sonny, others
Nov. 27: Sonny a questionable fit for Braves
Dec. 6: A’s made an offer to Braves, but no match yet
Dec. 14: Sonny receiving little interest