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MLB Trade Ideas, Week 3: Sonny Gray, Jay Bruce, Ian Kinsler

In HardballScoop.com’s weekly installment of our MLB Trade Ideas weekly column, Carmine DiPalma will be offering trade proposals that make sense for both teams based off of recent rumors and speculation.

The past couple of weeks have been pretty quiet on the trade front. There were a few rumors that I will present to you and try to see if I can make a trade that would make sense. Bear with me here, as I will be repeating some teams this week because of rampant rumors around their franchises.

These teams are hungry for championships and are exploring multiple avenues in which they can get a deal done that will put their club above the rest. Here are some trade proposals will be based off of rumors and speculation around the league in that given week and are not locks to happen nor have they necessarily been discussed imminently or at all. 

Sonny Gray to Yankees

Oakland Athletics receive: SS Jorge Mateo, RHP Chance Adams, C Kyle Higashioka

New York Yankees receive: RHP Sonny Gray

The Astros have remained in contact with the Athletics about ace Sonny Gray according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/821054619518455810

Rather easily I could go with the Astros as a potential landing spot for Gray however I believe the Astros are just kicking tires and are still serious contenders for Jose Quintana.

Therefore the Yankees are my chosen spot for Gray. There's no way around it, the Yankees need another reliable pitcher in a rotation that looks to be full of question marks this upcoming season. With the last two spots wide open, the impending potential opt-out of ace Masahiro Tanaka, the volatile Michael Pineda and the aging C.C. Sabathia, the question marks are apparent and plenty. Enter Sonny Gray, who is under contract through the 2019 season. He would match up nicely with Tanaka through at least the 2017 campaign and perhaps longer should Tanaka choose to not opt-out or signs an extension.

Gray had a pretty bad year last year pitching to a 5.69 ERA, while only striking out 94 batters in 22 games. This is precisely why the Yankees should target Gray. They have been very adamant about not wanting to blow up the farm for any player as they do not feel ready to compete until 2o18. This deal would hardly blow up the farm system but still allows the Athletics to get three solid pieces back from New York. Speedy shortstop Jorge Mateo has shown great ability to run the bases along with a good arm. He was the top prospect for the Yankees prior to last summer’s deadline. Chance Adams has emerged as a very good pitching prospect this season as he impressed with his numbers in the minors. Kyle Higashioka, a defense first catcher that has emerged as a candidate to make the MLB roster this season and backup phenom Gary Sanchez.

Jay Bruce to Rangers

New York Mets receive: RHP Tony Barnette, RHP Tyler Ferguson

Texas Rangers receive: RF Jay Bruce

 

It's about time for the Mets to label the Jay Bruce deal from last season a failure and move on. They should trade him to the Rangers who are looking for a left handed power bat to play the outfield and they are deep in relief pitching which the Mets will need in return. Jay Bruce could thrive in a new environment where he will remain in the thick of a postseason race and could help offset the outfield departures the Rangers have had this offseason.

Also the Rangers are getting outdone by the Astros thus far this offseason so it may be time to make a small splash. Thanks to the crash in play Bruce suffered last year his price won't be too lofty. The Mets have been reportedly seeking two prospects for Bruce however this deal includes a major league ready bullpen arm which the Mets drastically need and a relief prospect. Barnette pitched in over 50 games for the Rangers last season and proved himself to be a reliable arm out of the bullpen. Tyler Ferguson is a low-A arm who has the potential to be groomed into a good bullpen piece for the Mets down the road.

Ian Kinsler to Dodgers

Detroit Tigers receive: 1B/OF Cody Bellinger

Los Angeles Dodgers receive: 2B Ian Kinsler

 

Back in November, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported that the Dodgers and Tigers were discussing a deal for Ian Kinsler. However, it wasn't as clear-cut as it could have been. Kinsler had a partial no-trade clause which includes the Dodgers and he has said in the past that he will not waive it without an extension.

https://twitter.com/jonmorosi/status/798968400580116485 

The Dodgers could afford to tack on a few extra years to bring in someone of Kinsler’s caliber to play 2B for them. I've spoke about the Dodgers in the past and they have a very competitive and talented team that they must capitalize on now. The Twins have been persistent on their asks for Dozier and it may be time for the Dodgers to move on. Kinsler should come as a slightly less expensive option for the Dodgers as he is older than Dozier and doesn't have all of the pop Dozier has shown.

The Tigers have toyed with the idea of rebuilding and have decided against it but Kinsler is a piece they can cash in on now while still remaining competitive. In this deal the Dodgers would absorb all of the money left on Kinsler’s deal that way they will avoid giving up multiple premier prospects for him. But he will still come at the price of the Dodger’s number one prospect Cody Bellinger. The Tigers want Bellinger as he fits their need of a young left-handed outfielder and as of now it seems this deal would not happen without Bellinger. 

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