Yankees Bolster Bullpen, Third Base In Trade With White Sox

Rosalie Stanley
July 20, 2017

Todd Frazier was the name, but he ultimately wasn't the story.

According to the latest report from the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago White Sox are in talks with the New York Yankees to trade Todd Frazier, along with relief pitchers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle. The deal became official once the two teams were done playing in their respective games last night.

The veteran slugger isn't a flawless fit, but with power and the ability to play both corner infield positions, he at least gives the Yankees some options. Big-league reliever Tyler Clippard is also reportedly in the deal, as is outfielder Tito Polo. He was traded to the White Sox in 2015.

The Bronx Bombers enter Wednesday's action with a 48-44 record, and sit 3.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East. But the Yankees were built for this kind of trade.

And while Frazier is in a walk year, leaving NY with questions at the corners in 2018 and beyond, the Yankees' bullpen should be in good shape for years to come since Robertson is under contract through 2018 at a rate of $13 million, while Kahnle will be arbitration eligible through 2020.

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As the New York Post's Joel Sherman noted, those acquisitions will be key since they can help shorten the game for a rotation that just lost Michael Pineda (Tommy John surgery) for the season. The Yankees gave away prospects to improve now, but having Kahnle around for the long run ensures they got something out of this even if 2017 ends without NY making the postseason. Regardless, first base has been a serious problem for the Yanks this year and even upgrading to league average there makes them a much stronger team, and that's without the unspoken benefit of keeping Frazier away from the rival Red Sox. The White Sox defeated the Tigers 5-3.

The realization that the All Star game was over seems to have gotten GMs off their couches and it's been a big week on the baseball trade market. While he is the headliner of the deal, the haul was not necessarily big because he will be a free agent following the season.

The Yankees say goodbye to Clippard, who pitched very well early in the season but struggled mightily for the last month. Rutherford hit.281 while with the Yankees Class A Charleston team. According to MLB Trade Rumors he is owed approximately $2.5 million this season, so the inclusion of him in the trade, will offset about one quarter of the added salaries from Frazier and Robertson for NY. And not to mention, the entire Yankee fan base that's itching to win again.

This took place all at once, said Frazier.

With this trade, the Yankees didn't mortgage their future and not only got better for the rest of the 2017 season, but improved for the future as well, especially with the bullpen additions.

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