The New York Yankees' long-awaited Sonny Gray trade is expected

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to be completed at some point this weekend.Per Fancred Sports' Jon Heyman Reggie Jackson Jersey , the Cincinnati Reds remain engaged in talks for Gray, with two prospects and a draft pick possibly going back to the Yankees. That may include second basemanShed Long or catcher TylerStephenson.Heyman noted the San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers remain "on the periphery" for Gray if the Yankees don't make a deal with the Reds.Yankees general manager Brian Cashmantold reportersin October they would be "open-minded" to trading Gray and that "it will more likely be best" for the right-hander to try turning his career around with another team. And that came before the Yankees acquiredJames Paxton from theSeattle Mariners in mid-November.After starting his career with the Oakland Athletics, Gray was acquired by the Yankees prior to the non-waiver trade deadline in July 2017. He fared well after the deal, posting a 3.72 ERA with 59 strikeouts in 65.1 innings to end the season.The 2018 season was a struggle for Gray, as he posted a 4.90 ERA in 30 appearances and lost his spot in the starting rotation in August.He could be a good bounce-back candidate if he gets moved because most of his struggles last year were at Yankee Stadium, where he had a 6.98 ERA , compared to 3.17 in road games. And he's only under contract for one more season at $7.5 million in case he doesn't turn it around.Gray would slot into a Cincinnati rotation that currently features Anthony DeSclafani, Luis Castillo, Tanner Roark and Alex Wood.The Reds would present Gray with a low-pressure situation to get his career back on track, and starting pitching is an area of desperate need. Their rotation posted the second-highest ERA (5.02) in the National League last season. WASHINGTON (AP) — Sunday’s game between the Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals was postponed because of rain and rescheduled for Thursday at 4:05 p.m.The decision was announced three hours after the scheduled 1:35 p.m. start time. Thursday is the teams’ only remaining mutual day off.Rain fell at Nationals Park throughout the weekend.The start of Friday’s game was delayed 1 hour, 21 minutes. The rain returned with two outs in the top of the second inning and play was stopped. The game was postponed after a wait of 2 hours, 55 minutes when the rain had stopped.Saturday became a doubleheader that was supposed to start at 3:05 p.m. but didn’t get underway until 5 p.m. A between-games ceremony honoring former National Jason Werth and another rain delay in the nightcap led to 1:44 a.m. conclusion as Washington swept the Cubs.Chicago began Sunday with a 2½-game lead in the NL Central while Washington was 7½ games behind Atlanta in the NL East.The Cubs, in the midst of 23 games in 23 days Glenn Hubbard Jersey , finished a four-city road trip 5-5.“So many (games) in a row, the four cities, the weather, this is the kind of stuff that can actually make you better as you move forward,” manager Joe Maddon said. “As long as nobody’s crying and complaining, these are those things that can make you stronger.”Washington snapped a three-game skid with Saturday’s sweep, which was led by their ace hurler and all-star slugger. After Max Scherzer tossed a complete game in the opener Rickey Henderson Jersey , Bryce Harper’s two-run homer capped a three-run rally in the seventh inning of the nightcap.The Nationals also got a homer from Anthony Rendon and key relief work from Sean Doolittle and Greg Holland.“The best way I could describe it is perseverance,” manager Dave Martinez said. “For those guys to sit there all day … and then go out there and do what they do, it’s a testament to what kind of team we have.”THE WAIT IS OVERCubs OF Terrance Gore singled off Scherzer in the opener Saturday for his first career hit in his 55th game. Gore was used primarily as a pinch runner during parts of four seasons in Kansas City (2014-17). It was only his 16th career plate appearance.Gore has 25 stolen bases in 29 career regular-season attempts, including four with the Cubs this month.“He’s definitely an interesting cat to have on the team,” Maddon said. “If you ever went to a 26-man roster, he might be the perfect fit during the regular season.”TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: RHP Brandon Morrow (right biceps inflammation) threw a bullpen session on Sunday.Nationals: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (right wrist sprain) will throw an 80-pitch simulated game this week while the Nationals are in Philadelphia.UP NEXTCubs: LHP Jon Lester (15-5, 3.53 ERA) Catfish Hunter Jersey , whose Friday night start was washed out after one inning, opens a three-game home series against the Brewers, their closest pursuers in the NL Central. Lester is 4-2 with a 2.40 ERA in seven career starts against Milwaukee.Nationals: RHP Erick Fedde (1-3, 6.00), Sunday’s scheduled starter, will be pushed back to Monday against the Phillies as Washington opens a three-city trip that will be broken up by a visit home for the makeup game against the Cubs.

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