As the Cincinnati Reds cut down on their financial investments, trading closer Raisel Iglesias to the Los Angeles Angels and non-tendering multiple players, they are also fielding calls for right-hander Sonny Gray.
MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Monday that "several teams are showing interest" in the 2019 All-Star and the team is "gauging interest."
The 31-year-old was traded from the New York Yankees to Cincinnati ahead of the 2019 season, and he signed a three-year extension that keeps him on the team's books for $20.5 million through 2022.
Gray's only full season in the Bronx didn't go as planned, as he racked up a career-worst 4.90 ERA through 30 appearances (W-L, 11-9), walking 57 and hitting a career-high eight batters with pitches.
He rebounded with the Reds in 2019, earning his second All-Star nod and finishing seventh in Cy Young Award voting after going 11-8 with a 2.87 ERA while striking out a career-high 205 batters. In the pandemic-shortened campaign this year, Gray made 11 starts and amassed a 3.70 ERA as the Reds made the postseason for the first time since 2013, falling in the NL Wild Card Game.
As they weigh the chances of dealing Gray, the team is reportedly looking for a replacement on the free-agent market. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that the Reds are "inquiring" about starting pitchers.
Reds general manager Nick Krall told reporters the team is attempting to "allocate resources" in its quest to deepen its pitching and find a starting shortstop. Per C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic, 11 players have started at shortstop for Cincinnati since the 2017 All-Star Game.
Freddy Galvis, who played 33 games in the gap for Cincinnati last season, is a free agent, and Jose Garcia, who appeared in 24, joined the team straight from its High-A affiliate last season and hit just .194/.206/.194.