A change of scenery may do Jon Gray a world of good heading into his 30s
If the Braves want to look at another team that is definitely in rebuilding mode, look no further than the Colorado Rockies. They already traded away their best player this offseason in Nolan Arenado to the St. Louis Cardinals. So what is to say they will stop at trading away their former top pitching prospect this summer? Yes, they could move on from right-hander Jon Gray in late July.
Gray is 4-6 on the season in 13 starts for the Rockies. He has a 3.97 ERA and a 1.265 WHIP on the year. Keep in mind he pitches half of his games at Coors Field. Though he did win 10 games each year from 2016 to 2019, one would have to believe there are greener pastures for him to explore once he hits free agency this winter. At only 29-years-old, the Braves can become his second act.
As with Pineda, Gray would probably only be a rental for whichever team trades for him. However, if we had to pick between the two to potentially re-sign with the Braves next offseason, it would have to be Gray because he is a few years younger than the Twins right-hander. Once again, a change of scenery could do a former elite pitching prospect like Gray a world of good this summer.
What the Braves are really looking for is a pitcher who can give them innings in a multiple roles.