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OAKLAND -- A bogus report from a fake Twitter account had the A’s fan base up in arms Tuesday over the possibility that ace Sonny Gray had been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
That was purely fiction, but A’s assistant general manager David Forst was asked in a serious manner during a radio interview Tuesday if trading Gray is even a remote possibility leading up the July 31 trade deadline.
“There are very few things we won’t consider or won’t listen to or think about, when it comes to the makeup of our team and our 25-man roster,” Forst told 95.7 The Game. “That said, Sonny Gray’s not going anywhere.”
That’s a pretty definitive statement, and one that probably brings a sigh of relief for A’s fans who’ve conditioned themselves to brace for the worst when it comes to the team’s top players being shipped elsewhere.
Forst was asked if he’d classify Gray as the closest thing the A’s have to an “untouchable” player.
“Yeah, I would,” he said. “We don’t use that word very often. … Look, this guy by some accounts, depending on what you’re looking at, is the best starting pitcher in the major leagues this year. He’s exactly what we’re out there looking for all the time. Young starting pitching was a focus of last offseason, with (Kendall) Graveman and (Jesse) Hahn and (Chris) Bassitt. We’ve shown in our market, our model, the best way for us to compete on a consistent basis is to have dominant starting pitching. Sonny is exactly what we’re always looking for.”
Echoing comments that A’s GM Billy Beane made to CSNCalifornia.com on Monday, Forst said the A’s haven’t settled on a specific direction to take in regard to the trade deadline.
“I don’t think anything is certain right now,” he said. “There’s a whole month left before that deadline. A lot can happen. We’re out there, as we always are at this time of year, listening. There’s nothing to say we couldn’t move a piece and bring something back. We’ve done that in years past. I don’t think anything is certain as far as what direction we’re gonna go, other than to say we’re looking at opportunities.”