4 trade destinations for Reds pitcher Sonny Gray

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Sonny Gray (54) throws a pitch.
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Sonny Gray (54) throws a pitch. / Sam Greene via Imagn Content Services,
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According to recent reports, the Cincinnati Reds have made Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle off limits in trade talks.

However, the club seems willing to discuss trading fellow starting pitcher Sonny Gray.

Since Gray's arrival in Cincinnati, the right-hander has been one of the steadiest pitchers in the Reds rotation.

Last season, plagued by injury, Gray started just 26 games and posted a 4.19 ERA 1.219 WHIP.

The right-hander still struck out 155 batters over 135.1 innings of work.

Gray is owed just below $11M and his contract contains a $12M team-option for the 2023 season.

Sonny Gray was rumored to be on the trade block last offseason, but it appears the Reds front office may be even more focused on dealing the Vanderbilt alum this winter.

With the hot stove heating up, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Gray on the move before a potential lockout next month.

Which three teams are the most likely trade destinations for Sonny Gray this offseason?

1. The Angels could trade for Reds pitcher Sonny Gray.

The Los Angeles Angels have, perhaps, the two best players in baseball.

And while Shohei Ohtani can pitch, Mike Trout cannot. The Angels have made adding pitching a priority this offseason.

Swinging a trade for Reds starter Sonny Gray could be a nice way for LA to boost their rotation without doling out a ton of money.

Gray's $10.2M salary in 2022 is extremely affordable. The combination of Trout, Anthony Rendon, and Justin Upton will account for nearly $100M of the Angels payroll next season.

The Angels are said to be after more pitching and were in the running for Steven Matz who recently signed with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Halos already inked Aaron Loup to a two-year deal in order to bolster their bullpen.

Los Angeles also swung a one-year contract with former New York Mets hurler Noah Syndergaard.

The Syndergaard signing is a high-risk/ high-reward type of signing, while trading for Sonny Gray wouldn't offer the same level of risk.