Todd Frazier Now A New York Yankee

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Todd Frazier Now A New York Yankee

The bigger issue is the trade market though, and the Blue Jays may be forced to make an ultimate decision before they really want to.

On Tuesday, the Yankees went back to being buyers after taking their first offseason off in decades previous year.

In exchange the White Sox received Blake Rutherford an outfielder who was the first round pick for NY in 2016, Ian Clarkin a southpaw pitching prospect, minor leaguer Tito Polo and Tyler Clippard a right-handed reliever with the Yankees. That would indicate Frazier's time in NY is short-lived, unless the Yankees decide to part ways with Matt Holliday, whose contributions have fallen off and further hamstrings the roster with his inability to play the field.

Todd Frazier is now a Yankee.

Frazier is rumored to be viewed as a first base project in NY. After Greg Bird suffered an ankle injury in Spring Training and tried to play through it (unsuccessfully:.100/.250/.200 over 19 games) before hitting the DL. Joe Girardi is now running out first basemen who belong in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Rosenthal speculates that because the Yankees are now so strong in the backend, they could deal Betances and still be better off than they were before the White Sox deal.

Rutherford ranks No. 30 in MLB.com's overall top prospect list.

The Yankees are 3.5 games back in the AL East, but they also had the kinds of problems that can wear on a team over the course of a long season and sink them in a hurry.

The immediate problem facing Girardi, though, is to rearrange his bullpen to accommodate the addition of Robertson and Kahnle that allows for a blend with Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman. They knew that already, but now they know the Yankees are willing to consider this year within their reach, something that wasn't certain at the beginning of the campaign. His peripherals are excellent, as his 12.69 K/9 is is 12th in Major League Baseball for qualified relievers in Major League Baseball and his 27.3% K-BB rate is 14th. 32-year-old Robertson is 13-for-14 in save opportunities, while giving up just 21 hits in 33 1/3 innings of work. The big get, however, is Kahlne.

Kahnle has emerged this season as one of the better relievers in baseball. He acquired effective relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle and added beef to his lineup with slugger Todd Frazier. He's no Frazier when it comes to power, but Holt is a career.270 hitter with a little juice in his bat.

I don't expect all of this to translate into Varitek-Rodriguez-style face-shoving or Pedro Martinez-style bulletin board material, but it certainly makes the Red Sox-Yankees a a bit more interesting than it's been of late. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn confirmed the promotion during the press conference for the trade after the White Sox lost 1-0 to the Dodgers on Tuesday. The White Sox, after shipping Jose Quintana out last week, are looking to rebuild and stockpile their farm system with young talent.

This is by no means a perfectly constructed Yankees team now. Michael Pineda is done for the season now that he needs Tommy John surgery. They may also have someone who can actually produce runs at the corner infield spots. He did that and the Yankees made the proper moves now because it was available and needed.

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