By: Nick Camino
If Friday night was a showcase for Oakland right-hander Sonny Gray, both his price tag and demand from other teams may be rising.
Gray, 27, pitched six shutout innings while the Athletics outlasted the Indians 5-0 at Oakland Coliseum on Friday night. Gray improved to 5-4 on the season and lowered his ERA to 3.72, only allowing two hits while striking out six in the first game back from the All-Star break.
Gray has been the focal point of trade rumors in recent weeks and Saturday afternoon reports surfaced that the Indians were among several teams evaluating Oakland's ace. Other clubs interested in Gray include the Houston Astros, New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs according to multiple reports.
ESPN's Buster Olney said Cleveland is evaluating Gray.
The Indians could simply be completing their due diligence on Gray, but with Danny Salazar still pitching in the minor league farm system and questions surrounding the starting rotation, Cleveland could be a potential fit for the Athletics right-hander.
Over his five-year MLB career with Oakland, Gray has a career record of 43-35 with an ERA of 3.46.
The MLB Trade Deadline is Monday, July 31.
The Indians are back in action Saturday night at 9:05 pm ET as they will look to rebound with a victory following Friday's 5-0 loss. Corey Kluber gets the start for Cleveland against rookie right-hander Paul Blackburn.