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Yankees GM Brian Cashman made another move on Monday as the 2017 Trade Deadline came to a close, acquiring starter Sonny Gray from the A’s

In the final hours before the deadline on Monday afternoon, Yankees GM Brian Cashman ultimately got his man. Landing starter Sonny Gray from the Oakland A’s.

Gray holds a 3.43 ERA on the season with a 1.175 WHIP and 94 strikeouts over 97 innings(16 starts). He’s still only 27 years old and under club control through 2019. He won’t hit free agency until 2020.

Along with Gray, the A’s also sent $1.5 million in international signing bonus cash to the Yankees.

The price for acquiring Gray? Three of the club’s top prospects. Outfielder Dustin Fowler(4th), infielder Jorge Mateo(8th), and RHP James Kaprielian(12th). Fowler is out for the year with a knee injury, and Kaprielian is also sidelined after undergoing Tommy John surgery earlier in the season.

Brian Cashman has done a great job loading up the farm system with young talent while also fielding a big league contender.

It was rumored that the A’s were asking for one or both of two of the team’s elite prospects, outfielder Clint Frazier and infielder Gleyber Torres. Cashman wouldn’t give in, but the two sides were still able to work out a deal.

The big trade comes less than two weeks after the GM made another calculated move. One that, like Monday’s trade, improved the club now while also setting them up for the future. In that trade the Yankees got Todd Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle from the White Sox. Click for the article.

The addition of Gray gives the Yankees a solid rotation for a playoff run. CC is quietly having a solid year. Luis Severino has been ace-like. If Masahiro Tanaka can regain his 2016 form this team will be tough to beat in the postseason.