Clint Frazier has already been knocked off the list of Yankees with the addition of first baseman / designated batsman Edwin Encarnacion. Will the Yankee's next step be turning Frazier for a take-off pitcher?
The Yankees weekend trade in Encarnacion from the Seattle Mariners seemed to be preparing the team's lineup for the remainder of the season. With Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton about to return to their respective injuries, Encarnacion will soon take on part of Luke Voit's first base job, while the other may act as a proven batsman. The Yankees' Biggest Need Is The address is in rotation, and since Frazier is already ousted, the team could use him to get a big arm like Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants or Marcus Stroman of the Toronto Blue Jays to get? MLB analyst Jim Bowden says:
The Yankees were tied to both Stroman and Bumgarner throughout the season, as both were named as prime candidates for a move before MLB's close to MLB , It was also rumored that the starter of the Cleveland Indians, Trevor Bauer, was an option for the Yankees.
Frazier joined the Yankees organization in 2016 in a business that Andrew Miller sent to the Indians. Despite some defensive problems this season, Frazier hit 11 home runs and 34 RBI in the majors with a violation of Stanton and Judge 283.
The Yankees want Frazier to play every day, and in the current state of the Yankees he was simply the victim of a squad-squeeze.
Frazier was surprised by the time of his demotion and obviously wanted to stay with the MLB club. He also said he could not worry about the constant trade rumors.
"I was once traded," said Frazier. "Who knows, I can not control that, I'm just trying to play as well as I can to get myself into a good position."
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