Not only is Gray on the Dodgers radar, but fellow starter Luis Castillo has drawn trade interest from LA as well.
The Dodgers are rumored to be interested in the Reds' starters.
The Dodgers fell short of expectations last year. Every season is virtually World Series or bust for LA, so bowing out in the NLCS is not something the Dodgers want to do again in 2022.
The Dodgers had one of the best starting rotations in all of baseball last season. But, after Trevor Bauer's unsightly off-the-field behavior was brought to light, LA lost one of their best pitchers.
Longtime Dodgers' starter Clayton Kershaw may join another club this offseason. Or, the three-time Cy Young Award-winner may decide to hang up his cleats altogether.
Either way, we're likely to see LA pursue some top-level starters this offseason despite Walker Buehler and Julio Urias already entrenched as LA's one-two punch atop their rotation.
The Dodgers have already signed Andrew Heaney to a one-year contract, but that's unlikely to stop LA's President of Baseball Oe Andrew Friedman from kicking the tires on several other starters this winter.
What might the Reds receive in return for Sonny Gray?
If the Reds and Dodgers were to do business this offseason, what type of return could Cincinnati expect if it were to trade Sonny Gray?
Gray is owed $10.2M in 2022 and has a $12M team-option for the 2023 season. If Gray returns to the level that he was at during his All-Star campaign in 2019, that price tag is quite the deal.
Gray struggled to stay healthy last season, landing on the IL three different times. However, when he's on his game, Gray's breaking ball is one of the best in the game.
With Cincinnati looking to cut costs, it's highly unlikely that Nick Krall would be looking to bring back any major league-level talent for Gray. It's much more likely for the Reds to snag a few prospects.
Is a player like Sonny Gray good enough to see the Reds gain a Top 100 prospect in return? I think the answer is yes.
Bobby Miller comes in as the No. 78th-ranked prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline. The former first-round pick could potentially be part of a trade package for Sonny Gray.
Miller was a starter at the University of Louisville and has the makings of a possible frontline starter in the majors.
Miller has a fastball that he works in the mid-to-upper 90s and a plus-slider with a lot of break to it. The right-hander also has a changeup as part of his arsenal.
Cincinnati, however, shouldn't just settle for Miller alone. Why not look to add a solid bat to the team's farm system as well.
Kody Hoese took a tumble down the rankings in 2021. The infield prospect ranked 3rd-best in the organization prior to the season, but fell all the way to No. 13 by the end of the year.
Hoese hit just .188/.241/.245 at Double-A Tulsa last season. Hoese profiles as a power-hitter who should also hit for average, but last season saw the infielder take one on the chin.
Though he's a former first-round pick, perhaps the Reds could buy-low on the Tulane University alum. Hoese has spent most of his career at third base, but could make the shift to first base in the future
Look for both Sonny Gray and Luis Castillo to continue to gather trade interest throughout the offseason.