Yankees Acquire Frazier, Robertson and Kahnle

Yankees Acquire Frazier, Robertson and Kahnle

Yankees Acquire Frazier, Robertson and Kahnle

He'll be replaced by the righty Robertson, who's eagerly returning to his original team. And for Todd Frazier, he's pretty close to home.

The New York Yankees executed a blockbuster trade Tuesday night, acquiring third baseman Todd Frazier along with relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle from the Chicago White Sox. Everyone knew the White Sox would be selling, but by sending three pieces in one deal, they don't have many desirable trade candidates left. "Good luck to (Rutherford) as he moves on to the White Sox organization!" Frazier was not in the lineup.

The Bronx Bombers enter Wednesday's action with a 48-44 record, and sit 3.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East.

He's now, however, just the second Yankee ever to wear No. 77 in the regular-season, behind Humberto Sanchez in 2008, because he thought it would "look cool" if he went two up from the No. 75 he sported this spring. He comes with a long injury history but has a good mix of pitches that include an above-average breaking ball and a fringe-average changeup that could be interesting in use as a long reliever if Clarkin doesn't make the starting rotation in the future. The Yankees will have Dellin Betances, Aroldis Chapman, Robertson, Kahnle, Adam Warren, Chasen Shreve and Chad Green out of the bullpen, and the top four are fearsome. Still, he's a veteran upgrade at first base, which has been a big problem spot for the Yankees this year.

Plus, the Yankees are getting rid of Tyler Clippard, which is nothing if not adding but subtraction.

Blake Rutherford, the New York Yankees first pick in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft, was traded Tuesday to Chicago along with three other members of the franchise. But the Yankees have a ton of outfielders in the minor leagues and in the major leagues, so they could afford to spare Rutherford, who might not have been ready for a few more years.

All of those concerns could have been addressed in an offer that the Chicago White Sox held out on a silver platter, only for the New York Yankees to sneak in and take it from them.

He may not be a household name yet, but Brad Hand is one of the most talked about pitchers on the trade market this season. "I will do anything to help us win". While the White Sox used him nearly exclusively as a third baseman, he's also capable of playing first base, a position that's confounded the Yankees all year long. And if it messes up Boston's plans to get that third baseman they desperately need, more power. In comes a veteran, Todd Frazier, a ideal home run hitter for Yankee Stadium, though his production as an overall hitter has some questions with an average hovering around.200.

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