Todd Frazier is a New York Yankee. He’s making his Yankees debut as this post is going up, playing third for the Bombers in Seattle. This was an old-time Yankee move that would have made George Steinbrenner smile quite a bit, as the Yankees did this to block the Boston Red Sox from acquiring Frazier (and presumably others).
I think the Yankees are a likable team. This only furthers it for me – as I really like Todd Frazier as a player and person. Surveys say the Yankees are still the most hated team in baseball, but how can you not love this?
Here are the specifics of the trade, which also allowed the Yankees to acquire two really good relievers in Tom Kahnle and David Robertson (former Yankee) from the White Sox.
The New York Yankees have acquired third baseman Todd Frazier, along with relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle, from the Chicago White Sox, they announced Tuesday night.
The White Sox received outfielder Blake Rutherford, who was New York’s 2016 first-round pick. They also got left-handed pitching prospect Ian Clarkin, minor league outfielder Tito Polo and Yankees right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard, whose contract helps offset some of the money in Frazier’s and Robertson’s deals. Clippard is in the second year of a two-year, $12.25 million deal.
I still don’t know if the Yankees are a playoff team to be honest. To me, it feels a bit like they’re a starting pitcher short. Recent reports have them working on Sonny Gray; but I feel like they’ll have to settle for Dan Straily.
Still – I don’t care what anyone says. It’s good for baseball if the Yankees can take this young team to some type of playoff berth, even a Wildcard game.