Sonny Gray Stats
- Height / Weight
- 5' 10" / 195 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 11/7/1989 (34)
Sonny Gray Season Stats
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Free-agent right-hander Sonny Gray and the St. Louis Cardinals are finalizing a three-year, $75 million deal on Monday, according to sources. Because Gray was given a qualifying offer from the Minnesota Twins, the Cardinals will have to give up a draft pick and international bonus pool money to land Gray on the open market. Still, for a team in desperate need of starters going into next season, landing the 34-year-old Cy Young runner-up in the American League in 2023 is worth it. Gray posted a strong 2.79 ERA and 1.15 WHIP with 183 strikeouts and 55 walks in 184 innings for the Twins this past season and should have a good chance to put up similar numbers in the National League Central in 2024. He joins Kyle Gibson and Lance Lynn as recent additions to St. Louis' starting staff this offseason.
The St. Louis Cardinals are considered the favorites to sign free-agent right-hander Sonny Gray. The Cardinals badly need experienced starting pitchers to fill innings coming off an extremely disappointing season in which they missed the postseason. They are without five pitchers who made 82 of their 162 starts in 2023. Gray is one of the most sought-after starting pitchers available on the open market this winter, especially after finishing second in the American League Cy Young voting behind unanimous-winner Gerrit Cole. The Cardinals and Atlanta Braves could end up battling it out for Gray's services. The Philadelphia Phillies have also been interested in Gray, but re-signing Aaron Nola likely takes them out of the market.
The Atlanta Braves are one of the top suitors for free-agent right-hander Sonny Gray, according to sources. The Braves had also spoken to Aaron Nola's camp before he re-signed with the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. The Minnesota Twins, Gray's former team, and the St. Louis Cardinals and Phillies have all been linked to Gray so far this offseason, although the Phillies probably are now out of the running after bringing back Nola. The Braves are planning to increase payroll in 2024 and made a series of moves last weekend to open 10 spots on their 40-man roster while also shaving almost $14 million from their budget. Gray had his best season in 2023 with Minnesota, posting a 2.79 ERA in 184 innings to finish second in AL Cy Young voting. The three-time All-Star could be the successor to Charlie Morton.
For the second straight season, Sonny Gray missed more than fifty days in total across multiple IL stints, but he was effective when healthy. Gray had an 8-5 W-L record, 3.08 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 117 Ks (119.2 IP) but interestingly, Gray's 3.66 xFIP was the same as it was in 2021 when he had a 4.19 ERA across 135.1 IP. Gray's average fastball velocity has been declining regularly since 2013 and last year's 92.1 MPH was a career-low, which contributed to his 24.0% K% being it's lowest since 2018. Gray also had a career-low 44.4% GB% and his 39.8% HardHit% (which was in the 30th percentile) was the highest it's been since 2016. The Twins' ballpark was one of the most pitcher friendliest which helped Gray keep a solid ERA but along with his 3.66 xFIP, Gray's 3.67 xERA and 3.73 SIERA suggest he'll need to make improvements to produce a sub-3.50 ERA again in 2023. All things considered, Gray's ~225 ADP is reasonable as his numbers should be solid even with some regression. But we shouldn't expect more than 150 innings and given Gray's numbers and health are trending in the wrong way, Gray only makes for a solid back-end starting pitcher in fantasy. Asking for anything more than that will lead to disappointment.