The Yankees have been connected to a number of players in the last 24 hours, but it appears as though they might be working on a mega deal with the White Sox that would bring Todd Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle to New York.
The Yankees are the team closest to getting a deal done with Chicago Wh Sox Robertson-Frazier and Kahnle going if deal completed— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) July 19, 2017
Robertson and Kahnle are both former Yankees and Frazier is infamously from New Jersey, so there is some kind of poetry in bringing them all back home. The Yankees need a first baseman desperately, which Frazier could provide, while Robertson and Kahnle serve to fix a struggling bullpen.
Frazier’s season hasn’t been great to this point, batting .207/.328/.432 in 81 games for Chicago this season. His 16 home runs and 103 wRC+, however, represent a huge upgrade over any other options the Yankees have. Frazier is a free agent after the season, which is what the Yankees have been seeking with the understanding that Greg Bird should be back next year.
Kahnle and Robertson have both been very effective with a 2.50 and 2.70 ERA, respectively. Kahnle’s peripherals are even better than his results with a 1.47 FIP to go along with an eye-popping 15 K/9. Robertson has been doing much of the same, as Yankees fans are accustomed to, with a 12.69 K/9 this season while limiting his home runs.
It’s unclear at this time what the Yankees would have to give up for this package. Frazier is an expiring contract and Robertson isn’t cheap, which should keep the price down a bit, but getting two of the White Sox best relievers will certainly cost something.
Are you hoping this deal goes through? What do you think the Yankees will need to give up?