According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the New York yankees are looking at making their second blockbuster of the season. Recently, the Yankees acquired Todd Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle from the Chicago White Sox. Now, the Yankees are reportedly making a trade with the Oakland Athletics for Sonny Gray and Yonder Alonso.

The Yankees are in need of another starter and a first baseman after both of their former starters were lost to season ending injuries. The Yankees have been linked to Alonso before, but if the Yankees can reel in Gray as well, it would be a huge upgrade for the team.

Yankees have emerged as frontrunner for Gray

The A's ace had once been linked to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers pitching coach was Gray's pitching coach when Gray played at the University of Vanderbilt. However, the tides have turned as the Yankees are moving ahead to snatch Gray. The Athletics have been looking at acquiring a young center fielder. The Yankees have Clint Frazier, who is the No. 27 overall prospect according to MLB.com.

Gray is 27 years old and is not a free agent until the end of 2019, which makes his price very high. Adding Alonso to the mix makes it even higher. Alonso was a first time All Star a couple weeks ago, so that means that Frazier would likely have to be included in the deal.

Alonso makes sense for Yankees

Even if the Yankees do not get Gray, Alonso in pinstripes makes too much sense for it not to happen. Alonso is batting .264 this season with 21 home runs. The Yankees lost former first baseman Greg Bird to a season ending injury. The Yankees first baseman have batted low .200's this season, so Alonso would be a massive upgrade.

The Yankees are 1.5 games behind the Red Sox in the division. Boston just acquired Eduardo Nunez to bolster their infield, so it's possible that the Yankees could do the same.

Two birds, one stone

The Yankees have a hole in their rotation and a hole at first base. Michael Pineda and Bird were lost for the season in a matter of weeks.

Pineda tore his UCL and requires Tommy John Surgery to fix the damage. Masahiro Tanaka has been heavily inconsistent this season as well, so the Yankees need a consistent starter in their rotation. The Yankees have been hesitant in wanting to give up parts of their long term future, but with their success this season, the team could give up prospects for a controllable pitcher, which likely means Frazier would be shipped out.

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