So far, the straight-up trades I’ve suggested for Gray (value-29.7) consider the Angels to overpay in both scenarios. The simulator suggests a trade of Angels prospects Jordyn Adams (No.3), Jeremiah Jackson (No.4), and Kyren Paris (No.5) combine for a total trade value of 30.4 which would result in an ‘accepted’ deal.
It should be noted this is purely a scenario of what could work. There are no guarantees this needs to be the exact trade scenario to pull off a trade for Gray, but it gives an idea of the type of players that consider this to be a ‘fair’ trade.
Jordyn Adams, OF
Selected out of high school with the 17th overall pick in the 2018 draft, Adams, 21, is considered to have a long way to go in terms of defining his skills. The outfielder is considered to have impressive plate discipline with a high-walk rate and excellent pitch selection. Adams is also rated as having “top-of-the-scale” speed and is projected to make things happen on the base paths to go along with great defense. Adams slashed .257/.351./.369 with eight home runs and 36 RBI in 109 games combined in single-A and the Arizona Fall League in 2019.
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Jeremiah Jackson, 2B/SS
Jackson was also drafted out of high school in the 2018 draft and was selected with the 52nd pick in the 2nd round. The infielder posted a .266/.333/.605 line with 23 home runs and 60 RBI through 65 games in the Pioneer League in 2019. Jackson has shown signs of being a run producer, but a strikeout rate is still something that needs work. Defensively, Jackson is considered a work in progress as well.
Kyren Paris, SS
Another high school product, Kyren Paris was selected in the 2nd round with the 55th pick in the 2019 draft. The 19-year old appeared in just three games in the Arizona Fall League, where he slashed .300/.462/.400 with two RBI in ten plate-appearances. Paris has a line-drive approach at the plate and is considered to have a “smooth” approach on both sides of the ball. The young shortstop figures to add physical strength, which will add to his above-average abilities in the infield.
The Angels have a number of prospects the Reds may consider in a trade for Sonny Gray.
At the moment, Cincinnatti only has one top-10 shortstop in their system in Jose Garcia (No.6). The 22-year old Garcia is currently listed on the active roster, and posted a .194/.206/.194 line in 24 games for the Reds last season.
The Reds have reportedly shown interest in former Angel Andrelton Simmons, so there is some desire to get another shortstop, though none of the prospects listed in this trade scenario will be MLB-ready for quite some time. It doesn’t appear Cincinnatti has plans to go for it all in 2021, so perhaps they might be willing to develop young infielders.
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Whether or not the Angels will trade for a starter at some point remains to be seen, but there are certainly options out there to consider. If they play their cards right, the Halos could set themselves to be a World Series contender in 2021 and beyond.