Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Yankees Scouting Todd Frazier & Houdini

I, Daniel Burch, personally think that the New York Yankees should be focusing on starting pitching in their search for trade partners before the July 31st trade deadline but Brian Cashman and company obviously think otherwise. The Yankees haven’t been publicly linked to many starting pitchers as of late but there have been a plethora of bullpen arms that New York has shown a public interest in including a former member of the team and a current member of the Chicago White Sox, David Robertson. Along with Mr. Houdini himself the Yankees have also at least scouted and discussed the White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier with Rick Hahn the Chicago GM leaving me wondering if the Yankees are about to pull off a major deal.

Both the Yankees and the Red Sox has scouts at the White Sox and Seattle Mariners game over the weekend and both teams were said to be interested in Frazier for their third base holes. The Yankees are also said to be interested in David Robertson while the Red Sox would love to have Houdini as their setup man for Craig Kimbrel. Do you smell two players that are going to fetch an absolute ton of prospects when this inevitably becomes a game of “keep away” for both Red Sox GM Dave Dombrowski and Yankees GM Brian Cashman? Because I do.

As of the weekend series with the Red Sox the former Yankee closer Robertson was sporting a 4-2 record with a 2.70 ERA and 13 saves in 31 appearances in his age-32 season. Robertson would be an immediate upgrade in a Yankees bullpen that has blown 18 saves already this season and in a bullpen that doesn’t have a pitcher with double-digit saves thus far this season. Robertson is the inconsistent model of consistency as he still walks a few more batters than you would like and still works his way in and out of trouble but over the last three seasons the righty has posted 39, 34 and 47 saves respectively. Say what you will about Robertson but who do you want coming out of that Yankees bullpen right now, Robertson or Tyler Clippard? I rest my case.

Frazier has struggled mightily this season offensively but he still has power and still displays strong defense at third base. Again, Headley or Frazier? Take your pick. Ji-Man Choi at first base or Frazier who can play both hot corners in the Bronx? Your choice. I’m sorry but if the prospect cost is right I am going Frazier every single time. 

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