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Just getting him out of Guaranteed Rate Field should guarantee he produces at a higher rate for the rest of the season, not to mention the obvious fact that acquiring Frazier, who might have been built for Fenway Park, means the Red Sox can't get him. NY sent Tyler Clippard, southpaw pitching prospect Ian Clarkin, and outfielders Blake Rutherford and Tito Polo to Chicago. The deal became official once the two teams were done playing in their respective games last night.
"We made the determination that bundling these three players together was the best way to maximize our return on any transaction", White Sox senior vice president/general manager Rick Hahn said.
This lead to the Red Sox offering the package that led to the deal the next day and in turn caused the Nationals to overpay with the package of prospects they traded away for outfielder Adam Eaton.
Expect to see Boston do something over the next 12 days, because the only thing the Red Sox faithful hate more than losing, is losing to the Yankees. Clippard - acquired by Chicago in the aforementioned trade - has experience closing in the past, but has struggled mightily over the last two months and held a 4.95 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 42/19 K/BB ratio across 36 1/3 innings with the Yankees.
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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. But I'm more than willing to do whatever it is that they feel is better for the team.
Sure, the Yankees had to deal their number three prospect in the system in Blake Rutherford, who was the team's first round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. Yes, they gave up Rutherford who was their first round pick a year ago, however, they are quite deep in the outfield not only at the major league level, but in the minors as well.
White Sox reliever Tommy Kahnle throws in the eighth inning against the Rockies on July 8, 2017 in Denver, Colorado.
Frazier, though, was the big key in this trade. His 16 home runs would rank him tied for second on the Yankees, and he looks poised for a breakout - as evidenced by his home and road splits. Robertson, 32, succeeded Mariano Rivera as the Yankees' closer in 2014, only to sign a four-year, $46 million contract with the White Sox that offseason. They didn't get much from Chris Carter and because of injuries, didn't get much from Bird and Tyler Austin.
The New York Yankees were supposed to be building. But like we said, Todd Frazier isn't scared of the big stage and could end up thriving in the Bronx. If everybody stays healthy, the Yankees will have a formidable bullpen with Robertson, Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman.