Of all the current Rockies starters to go after, Jon Gray would provide the lowest-risk and highest-reward for the Angels.
A third overall pick in the 2013 MLB draft, Gray has shown some promise but has not lived up to the hype in Colorado. The right-hander has put together a sub-4 ERA in two of his six big league seasons.
Regarding how he’s performed away from Coors Field, there isn’t that much of a difference.
Jon Gray Career Splits (6 seasons):
- Coors Field: (60 games) 4.66 ERA 338.1 IP 1.315 WHIP 8.9 K/9 3.64 K/BB
- Away: (62 games) 4.53 ERA 342 IP 1.365 WHIP 9.4 K/9 2.75 K/BB
The 29-year old is coming off a forgetful 2020 where he posted a 6.69 ERA and 1.436 WHIP in eight starts. It was a step backward from the 3.84 ERA and 1.353 WHIP posted in his 2019 campaign.
Jon Gray would bring a low price and high upside to the Angels rotation.
Gray will make $6 million in his final year of arbitration before becoming a free agent after this season. Considering the Rockies most likely won’t be competing this season, they’re bound to trade Gray at some point.
For the right price, it wouldn’t hurt to take a chance on trading for Gray. The only issue with this would be the lack of long-term security.
Fittingly, Gray would add to the other one-year rentals the Angels have acquired so far this offseason. If it means giving up a player that has no impact on the future, I don’t see how it hurts the Halos.
That being said, are some better long-term options on the Rockies to choose from, though they will cost more.