Sonny Gray may have pitched his last game in a Yankees uniform.
During Friday’s end-of-season press conference, general manager Brian Cashman declined to dive into most offseason plans but was particularly blunt about Gray’s future with the team.
“I think we’ll enter the winter, unfortunately, open-minded to a relocation,” Cashman said. “To maximize his abilities, it would more likely be best somewhere else. But then it comes down to the final decision of price, in terms of trade acquisition and matching up with somebody. If we match up, then I think yeah, it’s probably best to try this somewhere else. But if we don’t match up, it’s also best to continue to try.”
Gray’s struggles this season forced manager Aaron Boone to take him out of the rotation and send him to the bullpen. It didn’t get much better there as he was left off the playoff roster after posting a 4.90 ERA over 30 appearances (23 starts).
Even more problematic was Gray was at his worst pitching at Yankee Stadium, where he owned a 6.98 ERA this year and gave up 11 home runs in 59 1/3 innings.
The Yankees acquired Gray last summer from the A’s in a trade for prospects James Kaprielian, Jorge Mateo and Dustin Fowler.
“While he’s here, we’re going to do everything in our power to find a way to tap into his talent,” Cashman said. “We’ve been unable to do that now for a year and a half.
“I do think if I do find a match somewhere for him at some point, then you’re going to see what we hoped to see here. But sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way. I got nothing cooking, but I plan on doing some cooking if I can over time, for his sake and for ours.”