Todd Frazier Acquired by Yankees in Multiplayer Trade With White Sox

20 July, 2017, 00:58 | Author: Laura Christensen

The Yankees lead the Major League Baseball with 18 blown saves and those have certainly hurt them over the last month as they've gone from a four-game division lead to third place and 3.5 games behind the Red Sox. Frazier had heard all of the rumors about where else he might be headed but it wasn't until shortly after Tuesday's game concluded that he, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle learned they would be headed to the New York Yankees in a deal that netted the White Sox four players, including highly touted prospect Blake Rutherford and veteran reliever Tyler Clippard.

For the second time in two years, third baseman Todd Frazier has been traded. While his.207/.328/.432 slash line doesn't look great, but its pretty good in comparison with the Yankees overall.686 at the position. A longtime third baseman, he seems poised to slide over the first once he's in pinstripes, allowing Chase Headley to remain at third, and filling the void created by Greg Bird's injury. He's a rental, as he will be a free agent after the season.

Robertson and Kahnle are excellent additions as well.

Adding a pair of bullpen arms helps cover for the DL stint of Michael Pineda, protects Aroldis Chapman and Dellin Betances from overuse, and gives them a potential 6-7-8-9 combo of arms that can shutdown anyone.

Clarkin was a first-round pick in 2013, and was 4-4 with a 2.61 ERA in Single-A Tampa. The various ERA estimators love him as they are all well under 2.00.

But there's no question that the Yankees are going for it.


David Robertson #30 and Todd Frazier #21 of the Chicago White Sox celebrate a win against the Detroit Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field on June 15, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Clippard has been shaky of late as his ERA nears 5.00. The asking prices for Eric Hosmer and Yonder Alonso were going to be too high, thus, the Yankees shifted to the White Sox and inquired on Frazier. He is only 20 years old, so his obvious physical skills outweigh the mediocre numbers.

Clarkin and Polo are not almost as highly regarded.

NY wasn't expected to be one of the best teams in baseball this year, and they've made it clear they won't trade their top prospects.

Their one glaring hole is in the starting rotation, and it wouldn't shock me if in the next eleven days they make another move and get one, whether its Sonny Gray or someone not as costly like Jaime Garcia for example. Polo did not register in the Yankees top 30.

Still, with power down throughout the lineup in 2017, the Red Sox need to find more, and could stand to add to their bullpen as well.

There are still things that Moncada needs to work on before he becomes a star in the big leagues, but with regular playing time and consistent at bats against major league pitching he may be able to make the necessary adjustments to be a big factor for the White Sox.

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