ESPNNew 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 — he is in the second year of a two-year, $12.25 million deal — helps offset some of the money in Frazier’s and Robertson’s deals.
The New York Yankees clearly think that they are legitimate World Series contenders right now, after making a deal to acquire third baseman Todd Frazier and relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnel from the Chicago White Sox, and getting back 2016 first round draft pick Blake Rutherford in return. I am a New York Yankees fan, but I do not see a World Series run for this team this season, I do not think that they have the starting pitching and I think that the scorching hot young bats will cool off in the second half. Maybe the Yankees will win a Wild Card, maybe they will even win the AL East, but they do not have the talent to beat a team like the Houston Astros in a playoff series. However, if the Yankees truly believe that they can contend, this trade is a move that they needed to make. The corner infield spots have been problematic for the Yankees all season long, both offensively and defensively, and the addition of Todd Frazier adds a power bat that solidifies one of these positions. Bringing back former Yankee David Robertson, as well as Tommy Kahnle, strengthens a bullpen that has been shaky. The Yankees gave up highly touted prospect Blake Rutherford in the trade, who plays both third base and outfield, and if the Yankees believe that Rutherford settles in the outfield the Yankees young outfield is already very crowded. The White Sox are selling, and are open to moving all of their costly veterans, and they get an ultra talented prospect in Blake Rutherford who may develop into a star for the organization.