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ESPN's Jeff Passan reports that the Reds have completed a trade for Sonny Gray and signed him to a three-year contract extension.

The extension is worth $30.5 million and contains a $12 million club option for 2023. That means with the righty already under contract for $7.5 million in 2019, the Reds will have him under control for as long as five years for a total of $50 million. Cincinnati will also get pitching prospect Reiver Sanmartin in the deal, while second base prospect Shed Long and a competitive balance pick will head to the Yankees. Long is expected to be flipped to the Mariners for outfield prospect Josh Stowers. Gray should benefit from a move to the National League, but Great American Ball Park obviously isn't the best landing spot as he aims for a bounce-back season.
Jan 21 - 4:16 PM

According to Mark Feinsand of, the Yankees had trades for Sonny Gray in place with teams other than the Reds on Friday.

The Reds have a tentative deal in place, but it's contingent on completing a contract extension with Gray. Their 72-hour negotiation window expires at some point on Monday after which the Yankees could pivot to other possible deals. If the trade with the Reds goes down, complete with the contract extension, it's believed the return package for the Yankees would include at least infield prospect Shed Long and a competitive balance pick. Not working out an extension doesn't rule out a different trade with Cincinnati, but teams like the Brewers, Athletics, and Padres have also been mentioned as possible landing spots.
Jan 21 - 12:30 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Reds are still working on a potential contract extension with Sonny Gray.

As Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic alluded to earlier Sunday, the potential deal from the Yankees will not be finalized until Monday, if it gets done at all. The Reds are extremely high on the right-hander and remain optimistic that they'll get an extension worked out. If not though, the Yankees could reopen trade talks with other interested teams including the Giants, Athletics, Brewers or Braves.
Jan 20 - 11:13 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that no resolution is expected on Sunday for the potential trade that would send Sonny Gray to the Reds.

The Reds have been given a 72-hour window to negotiate a contract extension with the right-hander, which runs until late in the day on Monday. Rosenthal notes that it's unclear if the two sides would still agree to a deal if the Reds are unable to work out an extension with Gray, or if the return package would be different.
Jan 20 - 5:57 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reports that the Reds are among about 10 teams that are showing interest in Shawn Kelley.

Chris Cotillo of reported earlier Sunday that the Red Sox were also in on Kelley. Kelley will turn 35 in April and has an extensive injury history, but he's consistently piled up strikeouts when on the mound. He'll be a good middle reliever somewhere if he can stay healthy.
Jan 20 - 1:44 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that a possible delay in the announcement of the Sonny Gray trade is that the Reds might be trying to sign Gray to an extension.

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports has confirmed that extension talks between the two sides are indeed taking place. Rosenthal notes that the trade between the Yankees and Reds could still be completed even if a contract extension isn't agreed to, but Gray might be more amendable to a long-term deal with Cincinnati because of a reunion with former college pitching coach Derek Johnson.
Jan 20 - 11:57 AM

According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, the Yankees are finalizing the trade that would send Sonny Gray to the Reds.

The Reds balked at the Yankees' insistence on including catching prospect Tyler Stephenson in the deal. Instead, they'll receive second base prospect Shed Long, a draft pick and perhaps another lower level prospect that hasn't been identified yet. It certainly looks like this deal will happen, everything just needs to be finalized before it becomes official.
Jan 19 - 7:24 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Reds are "making progress" in their pursuit of a trade for Sonny Gray.

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports hears that the Yankees have shown interest in second base prospect Shed Long and catching prospect Tyler Stephenson, although it's unclear whether one or both of those players is headed to New York. Cincinnati and Great American Ball Park isn't the best landing spot for Gray as he looks to have a bounce-back season, although a move to the National League should help and he'll be reunited with his former college pitching coach, Derek Johnson. Like fellow pitching acquisitions Alex Wood and Tanner Roark, Gray is set to hit free agency after the 2019 campaign.
Jan 18 - 3:35 PM

Dennis Lin and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic report that the Indians, Padres and Reds have discussed a three-team trade that would send Corey Kluber to Cincinnati.

The Padres would want to acquire Nick Senzel from the Reds in the trade, but Lin cautions that Cincy "does not want to move" the top prospect and "no deal is close" at this time. San Diego is on the lookout for a third baseman and it appears this is just one of the scenarios they've kicked around. The Padres have been connected to Kluber a few times this offseason, but Lin says it would be to flip him to another team.
Jan 14 - 8:24 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that it's said that things have begun to "ramp up" in Sonny Gray trade talks.

The Yankees have apparently become more active with word that CC Sabathia received clearance to pitch following a December 11 angioplasty procedure. Heyman hears that six teams are believed to be involved in talks, including the Reds. Some other teams connected to Gray include the Braves, Padres, Brewers, Athletics, and Mariners. Gray is coming off a disappointing 4.90 ERA over 23 starts last season. The Yankees and Gray recently avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.5 million contract for 2019, but it would be a surprise if he sticks around.
Jan 14 - 11:46 AM

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports tweets that the Reds are still interested in acquiring Sonny Gray from the Yankees.

Heyman mentions that Gray is close to new Reds pitching coach Derek Johnson, who was Gray's pitching coach when he was at Vanderbilt. The question really has become now whether or not Gray is available, with reports stating that the Yankees may not want to move the right-hander until they're sure CC Sabathia will be ready for spring training. Heyman also notes that the Yankees are interested in several Reds pitching prospects, including Tony Santillan, Vladimir Gutierrez and Keury Mella.
Jan 10 - 7:18 PM

According to Jon Paul Morosi of, Derek Holland said on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM that the Reds have been in contact with him this offseason.

Holland is from Newark, Ohio and has said that he would prefer to pitch in the National League. A return to the Giants remains a possibility while the Rangers have also reached out about a reunion, though that would mean moving back to the American League. Holland, 32, enjoyed a nice little resurgence in 2018 with a 3.57 ERA and 169/67 K/BB ratio over 171 1/3 innings. While Dallas Keuchel is the biggest arm left on the free agent market, Holland would be yet another veteran addition to the rotation alongside Alex Wood and Tanner Roark.
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 03:23:00 PM

Jon Morosi of reports that the Brewers "remain prominent" in trade talks involving Sonny Gray.

Morosi adds that while the Reds were in on Gray earlier in the offseason, he's not as much of a priority for them anymore after they added Tanner Roark and Alex Wood. A move to the National League would surely aid Gray as he looks to bounce back in 2019, but obviously Miller Park wouldn't be an ideal landing spot.
Fri, Dec 28, 2018 09:38:00 AM

According to Fancred's Jon Heyman, the Nationals, Reds, Rangers, Giants, and Brewers are among the teams showing interest in free agent Josh Harrison.

Heyman adds that the Yankees, Phillies, and Dodgers could also be "in play" for the 31-year-old super utilityman, depending on how the Bryce Harper and Manny Machado markets shake out. Harrison makes sense on paper for a range of clubs given his ability to play sound defense all over the diamond. He had a down year at the plate in 2018, but the two-time All-Star has posted strong offensive numbers in years prior.
Thu, Dec 27, 2018 01:01:00 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Dodgers and Reds are nearing a trade that will send Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Alex Wood and Kyle Farmer to Cincinnati and Homer Bailey to Los Angeles.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears that the Dodgers will send $7 million in cash to the Reds as part of the deal, while Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic says that Homer Bailey -- who had to waive his no-trade clause -- will be released once the trade goes through. The Dodgers will reportedly be getting prospects Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray and international bonus pool money, as well. They're also freeing up some money, which naturally leads to speculation that they could lure in Bryce Harper or Corey Kluber. We will undoubtedly hear more about this as the weekend unfolds.
Fri, Dec 21, 2018 04:29:00 PM

MLB Network's Jon Morosi says the Indians and Reds are talking about a Corey Kluber deal.

Well, that's a lot more specific. Given that this has been going on for at least a couple of weeks now, one wonders if a deal might be close. A trade between the two sides would almost surely include one of the Reds' three top-notch prospects (Nick Senzel, Taylor Trammell or Hunter Greene). Major leaguers Scooter Gennett, Jesse Winker and Tucker Barnhart would also make sense for the Indians team that intends to remain atop the AL Central.
Wed, Dec 19, 2018 02:25:00 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that free agent right-hander Mike Fiers is drawing interest from multiple teams.

Morosi lists the Reds, Giants, Nationals and Rangers among the suitors for the 33-year-old hurler. Fiers is coming of of a terrific season where he compiled a 3.56 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 139/37 K/BB ratio across 172 innings between the Tigers and Athletics. Given the numerous clubs in play here, Fiers should have no problem landing a multi-year contract worth considerably more than the $6 million he settled for last winter.
Fri, Dec 14, 2018 11:28:00 PM

According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the J.T. Realmuto trade market is "essentially down to six teams: Reds, Mets, Rays, Braves, Dodgers, and Padres."

There was an expectation that Realmuto would be traded at some point during this week's Winter Meetings, but that's not going to happen as teams are packing up and heading out of Las Vegas. The Marlins are still sifting through offers and trying to get multiple young players in return for the 27-year-old catcher. Realmuto batted .277/.340/.484 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI over 125 games this past season with Miami. He is under control through 2020.
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 01:48:00 PM

The Reds are talking to the Blue Jays about Marcus Stroman and the Yankees about Sonny Gray, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi.

Stroman would likely be more expensive to acquire, but with his groundball ability, he'd be a particularly good fit in Cincinnati. The Reds also haven't ruled out Corey Kluber, but he'd be quite a bit more difficult to land.
Wed, Dec 12, 2018 03:17:00 PM

Craig Mish of SiriusXM reports that the Reds have "jumped into" the J.T. Realmuto trade market.

Mish further notes that Cincinnati "could be moving up into the candidates to acquire" the 27-year-old catcher from the Marlins. The package would reportedly be highlighted by top outfield prospect Taylor Trammell and a catcher, possibly Tucker Barnhart. The Mets want Realmuto badly and the Phillies and Braves are also believed to be involved, but it seems those clubs are having trouble putting together offers that are to Miami's liking.
Wed, Dec 12, 2018 01:14:00 PM

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