The Reds will consider trading Sonny Gray; Castillo, Mahle out of bounds


The Cincinnati Reds would be open to trading right-hander Sonny Gray according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. Olney report, however, that Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle are banned.

Rumors have persisted for each of the last two offseason that the Reds potentially bought Sonny Gray. Last year he was there for most of the offseason, but in the end the two-time all-star pitcher returned to the Reds and made 26 starts for Cincinnati in 2021. He pitched 135, 1 innings on those starts and posted a WHIP of 1.22 and 4.19 ERA where he walked 50 batters and struck out 155 of them. His home run rate was the second worst of his career – only his home run rate in 2016, when he was still pitching for the Oakland Athletics.

Contractually, the Reds owe Sonny Gray $ 10,166,667 for the 2022 season. This is the last year he has guaranteed money on his contract. However, there is a $ 12,000,000 team option for the 2023 season when he turns 33. With where he’s been in the past – even the recent past – it looks like a good contract for the teams there. There’s no long-term commitment, the dollar amount is low enough for what you might get, and a one-year contract could turn into a two-year contract if the team so desires.

At the start of the offseason there were rumors that the Reds were at least listening to calls regarding Luis Castillo. This, of course, makes sense. You don’t know what someone is willing to offer until you pick up the phone when someone calls. But it looks like Cincinnati didn’t hear anything close to what they thought was the right buyer’s price. We haven’t heard any rumors that Tyler Mahle is potentially available, but if you were wondering, it looks like the Reds are going to keep the 27-year-old.

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