We’ve already heard about the Seattle Mariners’ interest in Reds pitcher Luis Castillo.
But with Castillo now reportedly off limits, will the sailors entertain the idea of trading with Sonny Gray?
Seattle surprised a lot of experts and fans alike in 2021, winning 90 games and making a push for AL Wild Card space.
There have been rumors that the Mariners are looking for more of the high-level free agents this offseason, so trading with Gray is not too far off.
Gray would instantly be the ace for M’s pitching stick. Logan Gilbert and Chris Flexen were two of Seattle’s best starters in 2021. Both are eligible for prior arbitration.
The Seattle Mariners have one of the deepest farm systems in all of Major League Baseball.
While it is unlikely that Sonny Gray would pick up a prospect like Julio Rodriguez or Noelvi Marte, but perhaps Seattle would be willing to part with one of their young pitching prospects.
George Kirby, Emerson Hancock and Brandon Williamson are all Top 10 prospects within the Mariners’ farm system, which will be ready for the major league by 2023.
Sonny Gray may still return to the Cincinnati Reds in 2022, but with the ownership and front office wanting to cut the payroll, the right hand can be dealt with this winter.