Todd Frazier Now A New York Yankee

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Clarkin ranked as the Yankees 19th best prospect according to It's also somewhat of a reunion for Frazier, who is from Toms River, New Jersey.

Last Tuesday, with rumors of the Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, and the Yankees wanting to trade prospects for Jose Quintana, it was the Cubs who stepped in and offered the best package for the White Sox. If everybody stays healthy, the Yankees will have a formidable bullpen with Robertson, Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman.

It turns out the Yankees are buyers, as they acquired Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle from the White Sox.

The potential acquisition of Frazier comes amid rumors that NY was interested in Oakland Athletics first baseman Yonder Alonso. Robertson is making $12 million this year and is set to make $13 million next year before he hits free agency.

"And Todd Frazier - that guy hits a lot of home runs". This year he has learned control. Meanwhile, Kahnle is enjoying a breakout year with a strikeout rate near the top of the leaderboards at 15.0 per nine innings.

This year Kahnle's WHIP is 0.972.

Kahnle is now 4th among qualified relievers by K/9 (15.00), 15th by BB/9 (1.32) and tied for 3rd by FIP (1.46).

They could go down the route some thought might be an option when J.D. Martinez was available - get the big bat, plop him in at designated hitter and let Mitch Moreland and Hanley Ramirez figure out the first base playing time. But now he's back at just the right time - when he's learned how to harness all that power, and joining a team that is trending up, not down.

The Yankees needed to address their bullpen struggles and corner infield issues in a trade.

Kahnle is enjoying his best season of his four in the Major League Baseball, posting a 2.50 ERA with 60 strikeouts compared to just seven walks in his second season with the White Sox.

Traded to the White Sox in December of 2015, Frazier has yet to find his groove in the American League.

You get the point.

The Red Sox were rumoured to be interested in Frazier and Robertson, with FanRag's Jon Heyman reporting that they sent a scout to evaluate both players. He is batting.282 with a.342 on-base percentage, a.391 slugging percentage, two home runs and 30 RBIs in 71 games for low Class A Charleston. Most trades hurt a little, and he's the reason this trade hurts a little.

Robertson and Kahnle are excellent additions as well.

Aside from Rutherford, it's easy to love the rest of the deal. They were supposed to be in the middle of a youth movement, and a few years away from competing. They didn't give up Clint Frazier or Gleyber Torres or anyone of that ilk to do this deal.

As of 11:01 p.m. EST, Joel Sherman has reported that a fourth player, a prospect, will be involved in the deal. It's okay for good players to be on other teams sometimes.



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