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Heyman: Sonny Gray ‘going nowhere’ at deadline

26 JUL 2016: Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray during the MLB game between the Oakland Athletics and the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX. (Photo by Steve Nurenberg/Icon Sportswire)
(Photo by Steve Nurenberg/Icon Sportswire)

Always a long-shot to be traded at the deadline, Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray is “going nowhere,” a source says.

Gray, 26, is under team control through the 2019 season, so the Athletics sense no urgency to trade him now, if at all. While the market this deadline appears to be favoring sellers, especially when it comes to starting pitching, an uncharacteristically-poor season from Gray has his value at an all-time low, hardly the ideal time to flip him to a contending team.

Over his first three seasons in Oakland, from 2013-15, he went 33-20 with a 2.88 ERA, 1.134 WHIP, and 2.74 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Last season, his best, earned him his first ever All-Star nod as well as a top-three Cy Young finish.

However, thus far through 19 starts in 2016, Gray is just 5-9 with a 5.43 ERA, 1.477 WHIP, and 2.20 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Coming into the season, he had allowed seven or more earned runs in a start just once in 76 career starts. This season, through 19 starts, he’s done so four times, including earlier this month, when the right-hander allowed seven earned runs on nine hits in just five innings in a loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Gray is currently on a one-year deal for $528,000, and will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Oakland enters play Saturday with a record of 47-56, 12.5 games back in the AL West and 10 games back of a wild card spot in the American League.

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