Yankees Bolster Bullpen, Third Base In Trade With White Sox

Yankees Bolster Bullpen, Third Base In Trade With White Sox

In addition to Rutherford, Chicago received two other minor leaguers - pitcher Ian Clarkin and outfielder Tito Polo - and Yankee reliever Tyler Clippard. At the very least it should help tighten things up between the east coast rivals in the AL East and give those of us who remember the Boston-New York rivalry of the early 2000s something to talk about. The return from the Yankees is is reasonably substantial, but avoided their top tier options.

The move is an obvious signal from the Yankees that they intend on contending this year, as they're now sitting in the second wild card spot at the moment. Frazier may not be able to hit a breaking ball, but he can smash a fastball a mile and would have instantly become the biggest power threat in the Red Sox lineup.

Headley is a versatile player and could be moved around as Frazier settles in as the full-time starter at the hot corner. The Yankees have been looking for a solution at first base all season and have found it in Frazier, who can play third or first. The Yanks of recent years love having a potent backend bullpen.

The veteran slugger isn't a ideal fit, but with power and the ability to play both corner infield positions, he at least gives the Yankees some options.

"Now it's on to the concrete jungle", the two-time All-Star said. The first round pick of the Yankees in 2016, the outfielder is hitting.281 with two homers and 30 RBIs for Charleston of the South Atlantic League. There are starting rotation issues, especially with this week's news that Michael Pineda will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season. Meanwhile, Robertson, who spent his first seven seasons with the Yankees, adds a potent late-inning arm to complement Aroldis Chapman and Dellin Betances, with Kahnle also providing effective relief.

"Blake Rutherford is a player who has been high on our evaluation list since he was taken as a first-round choice by the Yankees as an amateur", Hahn said. Kahnle, like Robertson, began his career in the Yankees organization. The Yankees lead the Major League Baseball with 18 blown saves and those have certainly hurt them over the last month as they've gone from a four-game division lead to third place and 3.5 games behind the Red Sox. His 2.50 ERA is fine, but the WHIP is also under 1 and has a 15 K/9 ratio with only 7 walks in 36 innings (60 K's in that same span).

"We do believe clearly that this adds some significant weapons to the high-caliber pieces we already possess in the bullpen", Cashman said, "and hopefully it plays out that way moving forward".

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