The St. Louis Cardinals have bolstered their pitching staff as they acquired free agent right-handed Sonny Gray, finalizing a three-year deal which is reportedly worth $75 million. Gray, 34, is coming off an impressive season with the Minnesota Twins, where he achieved an 8-8 record, which bagged him his third All-Star selection, boating a stellar 2.79 ERA. He finished in a runner-up position in the American League Cy Young Award voting, due to his outstanding performance in 2022 season.
Gray’s addition to the Cardinals will strengthen its starting rotation, which already includes Lance Lynn and Kyle Gibson. John Mozeliak, St. Louis President of Baseball Operations, expressed the organisation’s excitement about welcoming Gray, emphasizing his veteran experience in the majors, ability to provide innings depth, and a strong desire to contribute to the Cardinals.
In 279 games, the seasoned pitcher boasts a career record of 98-85 with a 3.47 ERA, primarily as a starter, over his tenure with four different teams.
The recent two-season stint of Gray with the Twins saw him compile a 16-13 record with an impressive 2.90 ERA. His All-Star appearances in 2019 with Cincinnati and 2015 with the A’s underscore his consistent excellence to the mound, making him a valuable addition to the Cardinals’ pitching staff.