Jon Heyman of Fanrag Sports reports that the Athletics have given the Yankees their asking price for starting pitcher Sonny Gray. It's unknown if the Yankees are trying to pry first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Athletics in the deal as well. The Yankees were confirmed to be looking for a first baseman, despite having Chase Headley on the team, and trading for Todd Frazier.

Two top 100 prospects

The Athletics appear to be asking the Yankees for at least two Top 100 prospects in the deal. The number should now go to three given that All Star selection first baseman Alonso is a free agent after this season, and is only a rental.

However, the price for Gray has risen since he has pitched an earned run average around 1.64 in his last five starts. Gray has gone at least six innings in all of those five starts. Gray was the third place finisher in the Cy Young voting in 2015.

In terms of the Yankees dealing, general manager Brian Cashman has been reported to have reluctance in trading the team's top prospects. Plus, the team just sent the No. 36 overall prospect over to the Chicago White Sox in their trade for Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle. The Yankees need starting pitching after Michael Pineda suffered a season ending torn UCL. Pineda has to go under Tommy John surgery to fix the problem.

Gray and Alonso would fix two holes for the Yankees.

The team only has a 0.5 game lead in the second wild card standings. Greg Bird went down with an injury and is lost for the season. Alonso is batting .273 this season with 40 runs batted in.

Astros not the leader after all

Reports early Monday claimed that the Houston Astros were the leaders in acquiring Gray from the A's.

However, reports later in the day conflicted with those claims. Oakland doesn't appear to want to trade Gray to a Division rival. However, the Astros have the farm system to sway the A's. Houston has six of the top 100 prospects in the rankings. The Astros like the idea of pairing Gray with Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers Jr.

Brewers still linked

Despite having been rumored to making an attempt for trading for Justin Verlander, the Brewers have a chance to bring in Gray. The pitching coach for the Brewers was Gray's pitching coach for when he played at the University of Vanderbilt. Plus, the Brewers have the prospects to make a deal as well.

The Brewers have lost five straight and are only a one game over the Chicago Cubs in the division. The Brewers have been looking at low-cost pitching options, but after their latest skid, the Brewers might make a move soon.

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