The New York Yankees pulled off a monster trade Tuesday night, as they acquired third baseman Todd Frazier and relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard and three young prospects — outfielder Blake Rutherford, left-handed pitcher Ian Clarkin and outfielder Tito Polo.
New York did not have to part ways with their near-ready prospects, Gleyber Torres, Chance Adams, Miguel Andujar, among others remained safe.
Since starting 21-9, the Yankees own just a 27-35 record.
The Yankees were leading the AL East by four games on June 12 and are now sitting in third in the division, 3 1/2 games behind first-place Boston, but this trade shows they are clearly going for it this season.
In that time, the Yanks posted a 10-19 record and Clippard’s struggles factored into that slump.
He pitched to a 13.06 ERA over 10.1 innings, and some of his outings were so bad that he was regularly and loudly booed at Yankee Stadium.
“That was obviously a factor in all this, I’m sure,” Clippard said to NJ.com after learning he was dealt. “I still feel like I have a lot of good pitching and can get as hot as anybody from a bullpen standpoint. That’s where I feel like I’m at right now.”
Frazier is a huge addition for the Yanks, as he cranked 40 homers last season. Though, he has struggled at the plate this season, Frazier gives New York another powerful bat in the lineup and he can play third base on a full-time basis.
The N.J. Native, can play third base or first base and since the start of 2013, he has smashed 158 homers, while making a pair of All-Star Games. He is a free agent at the end of the season. He has already hit 16 homers with Chicago this season and should be able to take advantage of hitting in Yankee Stadium.
The 32-year-old Robertson, has been dominant coming out of Chicago’s bullpen in 2017 (2.70 ERA, 12.7 SO/9), and the former Yankees closer now gives New York a trio of top-end relievers with an abundance of closing experience, which is exactly what the Yanks needed.
He is owed $13 million next season.
Kahnle, 27, might be the gem of the trade.
He has been excellent this season and has turned into one of baseball’s breakout relief stars.
The righty has pitched to a 2.50 ERA and posted a SO/9 rate of 15.0 and is under club control through 2020.