The Oakland Athletics are seeking a young center fielder in exchange for ace pitcher Sonny Gray before Monday’s MLB trade deadline, according to numerous reports.
Columnist Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported Tuesday that the A’s are interested in Yankees farmhands Estevan Florial (outfielder), Jorge Mateo (infielder) and pitcher Domingo Acevedo. Mateo is considered a player who could also excel in center.
Mike Axisa of CBSSports.com reports that the Yanks, Brewers, Dodgers, Braves, Astros and Cubs also are in the market for pitching and all have top center field prospects. Matthew Paras of the Washington Times is reporting that the Nationals figure to be in on the Gray sweepstakes, as well.
Of course, it won’t take JUST a center fielder to pry Gray from the A’s. Oakland wants a center fielder to be PART of any package for the oft-injured right-hander.