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Kuty: Yankees, Todd Frazier Maintain Mutual Interest; Finances May Complicate Deal

There is still interest between the Yankees and infielder Todd Frazier, according to a report from NJ.com’s Brendan Kuty. He notes that the 31-year-old “has continued to speak with multiple clubs”.

Kuty spoke with two sources that knew of Frazier’s talks with the Yankees:

“The team’s mission to stay beneath the $197-million payroll luxury tax threshold for the 2018 season has kept the sides from speaking much this offseason, according to one of the sources,” Kuty wrote.

Frazier came to the Yankees prior to the trade deadline alongside right-handed relievers Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson. Initially viewed by many as a throw-in, he provided a strong clubhouse presence and energy to the already successful Bronx Bombers. He anchored third base defensively, where Fangraphs says he saved 10 runs.

His career has been marked by a lower batting average, but a solid on-base percentage and slugging percentage. The Toms River, New Jersey, native slashed .222/.365/.423 in 66 games after coming to the Bronx. He added 11 home runs and 32 RBIs, and walked at a 14.5% rate. The postseason was not kind to Frazier, however, where he slashed just .186/.255/.302.

The Yankees certainly have a reason to stay in touch with Frazier, even though his desire for a multi-year deal is a difficult obstacle. With no changes to the current roster, the Yankees are looking at filling both second base and third base with young players who have never been full-time MLB starters. Regaining Frazier’s veteran presence would help younger players, while also taking the pressure off of them.

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“At the end of the day, I just want to play baseball. I would love to play for the Yankees. I would love to play for any team,” Frazier said to Kuty Dec. 16. “Like I said, we’ve been talking. My agency has been doing a heck of a job talking to a lot of teams for me. We’ve got a lot of great talks and hopefully at the end, something comes to fruition soon.”

Frazier, who has experience at first base, second base, shortstop, left field and right field also, indicated that he was willing to suit up at another position to help a team win. He was ranked as the No. 17 free agent by MLBTradeRumors, and predicted he would sign a three-year, $33 million deal with the New York Mets.

If his market does not develop for some reason, Frazier fits perfectly in the Bronx on a one-year deal. His veteran presence and willingness to play all over the diamond would be invaluable to the youthful Yankees squad.

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Todd Frazier: “It’d Be Great to Come Back” to Yankees

Todd Frazier, one of the key pieces of the Yankees’ 2017 postseason run, expressed his interest in a return to the Bronx in an interview broadcasted on MLB Network Radio.

 

The 31-year-old came to the Yankees as a piece in the trade that also brought Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson to the Bronx ahead of the 2017 Trade Deadline. Frazier solidified defense at third base, and contributed 11 home runs and 32 RBIs in 66 games down the stretch. He was, however, a rental player, and became a free agent following the conclusion of the World Series.

Frazier conceivably fits in the Bronx next season, but only on the right deal. A one-year deal with a value around $15 million would let Frazier hold down third base and some designated hitter at-bats in 2018. But, Frazier is likely to be enticed by multi-year deals and a higher annual value from a team looking for power and solid defense.

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Plus, Frazier does not really fit into the Yankees long-term plans. Miguel Andújar (No. 5 NYY, No. 91 MLB) has shown an MLB-ready bat, with defense starting to round into shape. Gleyber Torres (No. 1 NYY, MLB) looks to recover from his elbow surgery last season to claim a spot on the big league roster. Chase Headley, who moved to first base part-way through 2017, is still signed for $13 million in 2018 and showed he can still contribute (1.9 fWAR).

As important as Frazier was, a reunion between him and the Yankees seems unlikely because their third baseman of the future (or his placeholder) is already with the team.

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Free Agency Begins

It’s Thursday, November 2. The champagne has barely dried from the Houston Astros World Series celebration that Sports Illustrated predicted three years ago. But now, it’s time to fire up the Hot Stove.

That’s right – the offseason, and free agency, gets underway today. The Yankees are not expected to be big spenders due to their well-publicized goal of getting under the $197 million luxury tax threshold. Their big winter will come after the 2018 season.

Here are the 2017 Yankees that are now free agents:

  • Matt Holliday, DH
  • Todd Frazier, 3B/1B
  • Jaime García, SP
  • Michael Pineda, SP
  • CC Sabathia, SP

That group does not include Masahiro Tanaka, who has until Saturday, Nov. 4 to decide whether he will exercise his player option or remain under contract until after the 2020 season.

Of the names listed above, I think CC Sabathia is the most realistic bet to re-sign with the team. Sabathia said after the season that he wanted to finish his career in New York, and could be had on a deal similar to Andy Pettitte‘s in 2013: 1 year, $12 million.

I think the team will also make a run to re-sign Todd Frazier, who really proved to be a fantastic leader during the run to the American League Championship Series. However, I think he will receive multi-year offers elsewhere, and that does not fit into the Yankees long-term plans to hand third base over to either Miguel Andújar or Gleyber Torres in the near future.

The Yankees have an incredible amount of depth, and will be able to fill holes from within their system. Plus, they are known to be pursuing Japanese SP/DH/OF Shohei Ohtani should he leave NPB to come to the MLB. If Ohtani is not available or signs elsewhere, expect the Yankees to target either Jake Arrieta or Lance Lynn.

A glaring need is a left-handed reliever that is not named Aroldis Chapman. The Yankees used Chasen Shreve to the tune of a 0.2 fWAR season in 2017, but that may not be enough going forward. They may make a run at someone like Mike Minor, who posted a 2.1 fWAR season out of the Kansas City Royals bullpen in 65 appearances.

I’ll do my best to bring the latest Hot Stove info as it comes.

Yankees 6, Orioles 7: Deflating Walk-Off Loss

Dellin Betances served up a walk-off two-run home run to Manny Machado to cap off a wholly disappointing loss for the Yankees.

Joe Girardi left CC Sabathia in long enough for a 6-to-1 lead to disintegrate into a 6-to-5 nail-biter. Each Yankee reliever did their job up until the ninth inning. Tommy Kahnle, David Robertson and Aroldis Chapman each provided hitless relief. However, a walk to Tim Beckham and an ill-placed curveball to Machado proved to be fatal for Betances and the Yankees.

The Yankees scored all their runs in a six-run third inning. Didi Gregorius singled in two, Greg Bird reached on a sac fly-E8, Todd Frazier grounded out and Jacoby Ellsbury capped the scoring with a two-run single of his own. Unfortunately, the Yankee offense sputtered to a halt after that inning.

New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles
Sep 5, 2017 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (74-64) 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 9 0
Baltimore (71-68) 1 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 2 7 9 1
W: Zach Britton (2-0) L: Dellin Betances (3-6)
New York Yankees
HITTERS AB R H RBI BB SO HR AVG
Brett Gardner – LF 5 0 1 0 0 1 0 .255
Aaron Judge – RF 4 1 1 0 1 1 0 .277
Starlin Castro – 2B 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 .315
Didi Gregorius – SS 4 1 1 2 1 1 0 .288
Matt Holliday – DH 3 1 0 0 2 1 0 .229
Greg Bird – 1B 4 1 1 1 0 1 0 .149
Todd Frazier – 3B 4 0 0 1 0 1 0 .209
Jacoby Ellsbury – CF 3 0 2 2 1 0 0 .259
Austin Romine – C 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 .214
TEAM TOTALS 35 6 9 6 5 7 0
BATTING:
RBI: Gregorius 2 (66); Bird (13); Frazier, T (62); Ellsbury 2 (36)
SF: Bird
GIDP: Frazier, T
Baltimore Orioles
HITTERS AB R H RBI BB SO HR AVG
Tim Beckham – SS 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 .289
Manny Machado – 3B 5 2 2 3 0 1 2 .273
Jonathan Schoop – 2B 3 2 1 1 1 0 1 .306
Adam Jones – CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .279
Trey Mancini – LF 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 .292
Mark Trumbo – DH 4 1 1 2 0 0 1 .246
Chris Davis – 1B 4 0 0 0 0 3 0 .222
Wellington Castillo – C 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .299
Joey Rickard – RF 2 0 1 0 1 1 0 .248
Pedro Álvarez – PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
TEAM TOTALS 35 7 9 7 3 7 4
BATTING:
HR: Machado 2 (32); Schoop (31); Trumbo (22)
RBI: Mancini (73); Machado 3 (91); Schoop (102); Trumbo 2 (63)
FIELDING:
E: Jones (3, fielding)
DP: Machado-Schoop-Davis
New York Yankees
PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
CC Sabathia – LHP 5.1 8 5 5 1 3 3 3.91
Tommy Kahnle – RHP 0.2 0 0 0 1 1 0 2.82
David Robertson – RHP 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.24
Aroldis Chapman – LHP 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.02
Dellin Betances – RHP 0.2 1 2 2 1 1 1 2.73
TEAM TOTALS 8.2 9 7 7 3 7 4
PITCHING:
WP: Sabathia
Pitches-Strikes: Sabathia: 94-59, Kahnle: 19-11, Robertson: 11-7, Chapman: 11-7, Betances: 20-10
Baltimore Orioles
PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jeremy Hellickson – RHP 2.1 2 5 3 4 1 0 5.26
Richard Bleier – LHP 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1.99
Jimmy Yacabonis – RHP 1.2 3 0 0 1 0 0 3.97
Ubaldo Jiménez – RHP 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 6.80
Darren O’Day – RHP 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.76
Brad Brach – RHP 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2.73
Zach Britton – LHP 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.78
TEAM TOTALS 9.0 9 6 3 5 7 0
PITCHING:
WP: Bleier
Pitches-Strikes: Hellickson: 64-31, Bleier: 19-14, Yacabonis: 31-18, Jiménez: 13-8, O’Day: 15-10, Brach: 15-9, Britton: 16-13

Reaction to Yankees-White Sox Blockbuster

There are tons of different ways to view the trade that went down Tuesday night between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox. The Yankees got Todd Frazier, Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson in exchange for Tyler Clippard, Blake Rutherford, Ian Clarkin and Tito Polo.

To start, there really is no way to determine who “won” this deal outright. The White Sox continue their trend of stockpiling young prospects, and the Yankees get necessary bullpen reinforcements controllable beyond 2017. Oh, and Todd Frazier.

A lot of people on the Internet have been viewing the deal as Rutherford (No. 3 NYY prospect pre-trade) for Frazier. In reality, Frazier feels like a throw-in. Logic says you don’t trade your No. 3 prospect for a rental hitting .207. Brian Cashman did not. He traded that prospect for two fantastic bullpen arms.

Kahnle and Robertson rank third and 12th in strikeouts-per-nine-innings in the MLB this year. Both have a history with the Yankees organization. This acquisition allows Joe Girardi to have an impressive arsenal at his command in the later innings. It also gives Chad Green the chance to dominate in a longer-relief role with more flexibility.

Todd Frazier’s arrival gives the Yankees the chance to maximize Chase Headley‘s value. He will move into a platoon at first base with Garrett Cooper. Headley hits righties way better than lefties this year, so the team can capitalize on that split and Frazier’s 16 home runs.

Rutherford’s departure stings a bit, but the Yankees already have a surplus of minor league outfielders. The team really likes 19-year-old Estevan Florial, and reports indicate that Rutherford profiles as a corner outfielder. Rutherford has a clearer, and faster, route to the big leagues with the White Sox organization.

Tyler Clippard gets a badly-needed change of scenery. His recent struggles made him a target for jeers, and made him an unusable player essentially. Ian Clarkin will have a chance to contribute for the White Sox, as long as his injuries subside. Tito Polo seems like a talented outfielder with lots of upside. He brings speed and athleticism to the ChiSox farm system.

The Yankees fix their holes, and the White Sox continue to plan for the future. This trade could be one that works out well for both.