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Gray chatter: A's, Yanks talks gaining steam

Trade buzz favors New York; Braves, others remain in the mix
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Will Sonny Gray pitch for the A's tonight? That's the question being asked prior to Monday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline, as rumors continue to swirl around perhaps the biggest name on the starting-pitching market.

The Yankees remain the favorites to land Gray, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, as the two teams continue talks involving the righty. But other teams remain in the mix, including the Braves, according to Feinsand.

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Will Sonny Gray pitch for the A's tonight? That's the question being asked prior to Monday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline, as rumors continue to swirl around perhaps the biggest name on the starting-pitching market.

The Yankees remain the favorites to land Gray, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, as the two teams continue talks involving the righty. But other teams remain in the mix, including the Braves, according to Feinsand.

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Multiple reports cited the Yankees and A's having extensive talks leading up to Sunday, when discussions about the righty suddenly went cold. Still, there is thought to be enough momentum and shared initiative between the clubs to see a deal getting done, according to multiple reports.

Tweet from @Feinsand: Over past hour, three sources have said they expect Yankees to deal for Gray, though general belief is it could come down to final hour.

The Yankees and A's are "close enough to get over the hump," ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported this morning. ESPN's Buster Olney quoted an evaluator who said on Sunday night: "I think it gets done."

The Yankees have played themselves back atop the American League East in recent weeks, with a roster general manager Brian Cashman has already added to significantly prior to Monday's Deadline. Cashman acquired Todd Frazier to play third base and David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to bolster the bullpen in a deal with the White Sox last week. The team has also given top prospect Clint Frazier plenty of playing time over the past month.

But the Yankees' chances at a deep postseason run could hinge on a starting rotation the team appears poised to add to. They seek even more depth there after acquiring Jaime Garcia from Minnesota on Sunday. Michael Pineda is out for the year after undergoing Tommy John surgery, Masahiro Tanaka has struggled through a down year and rookie Jordan Montgomery has suffered some recent lumps.

The club sees this as an opportunity to "seize the moment" and make a run with a roster full of young talent, according to John Harper of the New York Daily News.

Gray was one of baseball's best pitchers from 2014-15. Healthy again after a lat strain delayed his season by a month, Gray is 6-5 with a 3.43 ERA over 16 starts. He's been one of the best pitchers in baseball at limiting home runs in '17.

Gray is scheduled to start tonight for A's against the Giants. Whether he will remains the talk of the baseball world.

Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com.

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