Twins acquire starting pitcher Sonny Gray in trade with Reds

The Minnesota Twins completed a trade with the Cincinnati Reds for right-handed starting pitcher Sonny Gray on Sunday.

Gray and minor league right-handed pitcher Francis Peguero come to Minnesota in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Chase Petty.

Gray, 32, is a two-time All-Star (2015, 2019) and went 7-9 with a 4.19 ERA with 155 strikeouts in 135.1 innings last season in 26 starts for the Reds. He’s on the last guaranteed year of his contract, but the Twins hold a $12 million club option for the 2023 season. Gray has a career record of 82-72 with a 3.61 ERA and will immediately work at the top of the Twins starting rotation.

Peguero, 24, had a 4.96 ERA in 29 appearances for the Cincinnati’s High-A minor league affiliate in 2021.

In order to get a veteran starting pitcher, the Twins had to trade away Petty who was the 26th overall pick in the first round of the 2021 draft.

It’s been a busy weekend for the Twins. They also traded for Rangers shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa on Saturday.