With the New York Yankees scouring the trade market for pitching, they are reportedly offering Clint Frazier to teams.
After losing the first two games of a four-game series in Boston, it’s clear that the New York Yankees will need to add some pitching. According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, New York is offering outfielder Clint Frazier in talks.
Frazier has had an up-and-down 2019 season thus far. After a slew of early-season injuries, the 24-year-old was thrust into the everyday lineup.
In the batter’s box, Frazier has been just as advertised. His lightning-quick hands and sweet right swing led to a slash line of .283/.337/.536 with 11 home runs and 34 runs batted in. However, his glove is still a work in progress.
Unfortunately for Frazier, there just isn’t a ton of room in the Yankees’ crowded outfield this season. Moreover, that outfield isn’t going to be thinning out much with Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, and Giancarlo Stanton firmly entrenched in the long-term plans.
Frazier has been playing for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre since mid-June, but he’s a big-league player. If general manager Brian Cashman is offering Frazier, he’s serious about bringing in a difference-maker.
Passan notes that the Yankees are offering Frazier for both starters and relievers. The glaring need is for a starter, but Cashman added at least one impact reliever in 2017 and 2018. In 2017, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle were acquired from the White Sox. Last season, it was Zack Britton coming over from the Baltimore Orioles.
With July 31 serving as a hard trade deadline in 2019, expect the Yankees to be very active. It seems unlikely that Frazier will be a Yankee on Aug. 1.