- The Washington Times - Monday, July 31, 2017

Days after adding Jaime Garcia to their starting rotation, the New York Yankees acquired right-hander Sonny Gray on Tuesday from the Oakland Athletics, sending three prospects the other way.

An AL Cy Young finalist in 2015, Gray has a 3.43 ERA in 16 starts this season, holding a 6-5 record. 

The 27-year old joins a club in the midst of a dogfight atop the AL East. New York currently leads the archrival Red Sox by just a half game, the Tampa Bay Rays not far behind at 3.5 games back. 

The Yankees paid a hefty price for Gray’s services, sending three of their top 15 prospects to Oakland, according to MLB.com’s rankings.

The best of the bunch is outfielder Dustin Fowler, the No. 77 prospect in all of baseball according to MLB.com. Fowler batted .293 in 70 games in AAA before he received a season-ending leg injury during his major league debut back on June 29. Shortstop/outfielder Jorge Mateo, pitcher James Kaprielian and $1.5 million in international signing money were also sent to the A’s.

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