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By: Team Red Zone 12 months ago

There were a few surprises during the last hour of yesterday’s trade deadline, but one of the most interesting was Sonny Gray’s move from the Oakland Athletics to the New York Yankees. Gray’s departure sees the A’s bringing in a number of Yankees youth prospects including infielder Jorge Mateo, outfielder Dustin Folwer, and right-hander James Kaprielian.

Sonny Gray must be feeling pretty good about himself right now. With all due respect to the A’s, Gray has left one of the least equipt, lowest ranking franchises in the AL West, for the first-place Yankees, and he could prove to be a key figure in the team’s push for their first AL East title in 5-years.

Oakland’s new batch of youngsters signals the team’s desire to build for the future, and VP Billy Beane has suggested that long-term success is the current focus.

Beane said: “The acquisitions here were meant for the long term, which is why, had we been in a different spot in our development, we might not have considered somebody like Kaprielian, because of the Tommy John surgery. But we’re saying, ‘We know it’s going to take time. Let’s take the best talent available along the way.’’’

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