Morosi and Rosenthal both added Gray is an appealing target for the Cubs since their starting rotation is likely to undergo a shakeup this winter when Jake Arrieta and John Lackey become unrestricted free agents.
Gray is in the midst of earning $3.5 million this season, and he will be arbitration eligible in 2018 and 2019 before he hits the open market as a free agent in 2020.
Through Friday, Gray—who was named an All-Star in 2015—has gone 4-4 with a 4.00 ERA, 1.208 WHIP, 74 strikeouts and 25 walks. Those numbers compare favorably to the ones Gray posted a year ago, when he went 5-11 with a career-worst 5.69 ERA and 1.496 WHIP.
Contract information courtesy of Spotrac.com.