Grading the Deal: Yankees Go For It Trading For Todd Frazier

Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas

Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas

"We also hope Todd Frazier can stabilize the infield as well".

The veteran slugger isn't a ideal fit, but with power and the ability to play both corner infield positions, he at least gives the Yankees some options. A number of rumors surrounding Frazier and Robertson dealt with the Red Sox over the past few days, but their division rival beat them out for their services.

Rick Hahn the general manager for the White Sox said that Rutherford was the important player for them in this deal and that he was in talks with the Yankees for quite a while. Since then, they are 11-21, and they are 3 1/2 games behind the first-place Boston Red Sox in the East. By making this trade, it clearly sends a signal that the Yankees are all in for the second half. By making this trade, however, NY is signaling that it is, without question, shooting to make up the 3.5 games separating them and their rivals from Boston in 2017.

A bullpen that already had Adam Warren, Chad Green, Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman now adds David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle into the unit. He has a ceiling as a mid rotation starter. 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.

A flight delay led to Todd Frazier arriving late, so the Yankees went with the same-old, same-old for most of the game and the result was same-old, same-old. more struggles. That's why the White Sox's grade took a hit.

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. He is set to become a free agent this offseason.

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It was around midday on Tuesday when Brian Cashman repeated to another major league executive an oft-stated goal about the Yankees' drive to the post-season.

Frazier was part of the internationally famous Toms River team that won the 1998 Little League Series. I have him as a.280-.300 hitter with the chance to hit 25 home runs in most seasons.

Even though Frazier is a third baseman by trade, he has played some first base and likely will land there once he goes to NY. They didn't get much from Chris Carter and because of injuries, didn't get much from Bird and Tyler Austin. We had already seen evidence of this basically once summer began, as NY is just 9-21 since winning six in a row in early June, dropping 7.5 games in the standings in that time.

Frazier, who was a healthy scratch just before Tuesday's game, also said he was excited to join team in the playoff hunt.

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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