Last night the Yankees announced a 7 player trade between them and the White Sox. The Yankees would receive Todd Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle. The White Sox would receive OF prospects Blake Rutherford (the #30 overall prospect in the MLB according to mlb.com) and Tito Polo, as well as pitcher Tyler Clippard and pitching prospect Ian Clarkin.
Todd Frazier this season has a .207 average with 16 home runs and 44 RBIS. This year has been a down year for Frazier as for every season before this one he has hit relatively close or better than .230. In 2018, Frazier is an unrestricted free agent and for the most part, he probably will not resign. Overall, this is a solid pickup for the Yankees.
David Robertson, the name sounds somewhat familiar. Robertson was drafted in 2006 by the Bombers, and stayed in the organization throughout 2014. He has been with the White Sox since 2015, and now has returned to the Bronx. This season Robertson is 4-2 with a 2.7 ERA, is 13/14 in save opportunities, and has a 12.7 K/9. Unlike Frazier, Robertson doesn’t become an UFA until the 2019 season. I’m don’t know if he’ll resign with the Yankees because I’m not totally sure if Cashman will go after Harper or Machado who will be free agents, but the Yankees are reinforcing their bullpen so this is another good pickup for NY.
Tommy Kahnle, also like Robertson was drafted by NY in 2010. He was however taken in the Rule 5 Draft by the Colorado Rockies back in 2013. Kahnle’s stats for this year are a 1-3 W/L Ratio, a 2.50 ERA, 0/4 in SVO, and a 15 (yes you read that right) K/9 Ratio. In 2018-2020, Kahnle will be eligible for Arbitration, while in 2021 he’ll become a UFA. This like David Robertson, was another strong pickup as it strengthens the bullpen.
Blake Rutherford however was I name that I was kind of sad to see on this trade. Now the White Sox Top 10 Prospects are all in the Top 100 MLB Prospects. Rutherford was drafted #18 overall by the Yankees last draft. In Charleston, Rutherford had a .281 average along with 2 home runs and 30 runs batted in. I wish him the best of luck in the White Sox Organization.
Tito Polo participated in the 2017 World Baseball Classic on the Colombian Team. Tito is hitting .382 with 1 home run and 17 RBI in 14 games for AA Trenton. I also wish him the best of luck.
Ian Clarkin this year has a 4-5 record that goes along with a 2.62 ERA and 58 punchouts. If he could stay healthy, he can be a very good major league pitcher. Yet again, I wish him the best of luck.
Tyler Clippard, the bullpen pitcher who got called out the most. This year Clippard is 1-5 with a 4.95 ERA as well as 42 strikeouts. I wish him luck in the future.
So did the Yankees win this deal, or did the White Sox win this deal? We’ll have to see in the future.