Billy Beane

Yankees acquire Sonny Gray for 3 prospects to boost rotation

Last year at this time, the New York Yankees were looking toward the future.

Turns out, that future arrived pretty fast.

In an aggressive move designed to boost their starting rotation for an unexpected playoff run, the Yankees acquired pitcher Sonny Gray from the Oakland Athletics for three minor league prospects on Monday.

"This team has shown it's got the ability to allow us to push a lot of these chips in the middle of the table and recognize 2017 has a chance to be special," general manager Brian Cashman said. "We're trying to go from good to great."

Oakland received Jorge Mateo, a top shortstop-outfielder prospect at Double-A;...