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Friday, Nov. 11
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the A's aren't actively shopping Gray but are open to a deal if the right one presents itself.
After finishing third in the 2015 American League Cy Young Award voting, Gray experienced a huge drop-off in 2016.
The 27-year-old righty went just 5-11 with a 5.69 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 94 strikeouts in 117 innings. He was also limited to 22 starts due to a pair of stints on the disabled list with a strained trapezius and a strained right forearm.
Gray enjoyed a career year in 2015 with a 14-7 record, 2.73 ERA and a personal-best 1.08 WHIP, but he was nowhere close to the same pitcher last season.
The fall from grace was surprising since Gray went 33-20 with an impressive 2.88 ERA in his first three MLB campaigns.
Gray was 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA over his first four starts of the season, but the wheels came off after that. However, if injuries were primarily responsible for that, and he is now healthy, he is in position to bounce back in 2017 and beyond.
Since Gray is arbitration-eligible for the next three years, per Spotrac, there isn't a ton of incentive for the Athletics to trade him.
The A's have some major question marks in their starting rotation aside from Gray, although youngsters Sean Manaea and Jharel Cotton showed flashes of brilliance last season.
A package of high-quality prospects could entice an Oakland team that is rebuilding, but following Gray's awful season, it seems unlikely that fair value will be offered in return.
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