In a major plot twist, the Yankees swooped in Tuesday night and acquired Todd Frazier and David Robertson from the White Sox.
It was believed to be “inevitable” that Frazier would be sent to Boston. That was until the Yankees offered the White Sox a deal they couldn’t refuse. Chicago received Tyler Clippard along with prospects Ian Clark, Blake Rutherford, and Tito Polo in exchange for Frazier, Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle.
#WhiteSox have acquired Blake Rutherford, Ian Clarkin, Tito Polo & Tyler Clippard from NYY in exchange for Frazier, Kahnle & Robertson.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) July 19, 2017
The White Sox made out like bandits in this trade improving their farm system even more, while the Yankees are clearly set on competing for a title this season. Frazier (.206 batting average) might need to start hitting more to make an impact as a rental, but the power is still there. Robertson, who played for the Yankees from 2008-14, will provide a much-needed reliable option to New York’s scuffling bullpen.
Kahnle, the lesser known player heading to the Bronx, is another bullpen arm that could really be a difference maker. The right-hander holds a 2.50 ERA in 37 appearances this year.
As for why the Red Sox missed out on pulling the trigger, it’s pretty obvious…
Yikes. Now we know why Dombrowski backed out.
White Sox: Give us your top prospects.
DD: Uhhhh we don't have any. https://t.co/G0fxjU2ots
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) July 19, 2017
The Red Sox’s focus still has to be acquiring a third baseman and/or a bullpen arm before the July 31st trade deadline. It’s just a matter of who that focus shifts to.
We’ll be discussing this trade in much more detail on The Eephus Podcast.