White Sox: Yankees Acquire Todd Frazier, David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle
The New York Yankees will acquire Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle. The White Sox would receive Blake Rutherford, the 30th ranked prospect by MLB Pipeline.
In a surprising turn of events, the Chicago White Sox traded Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to the New York Yankees. In return, they will receive Blake Rutherford, Ian Clarkin, Tyler Clippard and Tito Polo. MLB Traderumors has the full timeline.
Jon Heyman tweeted both teams were hoping to finalize the deal Tuesday night and Bruce Levine was the first to report the Yankees were closest to striking a deal. This is another great trade by general manager Rick Hahn. He continues to build the pipeline with guys who should contribute soon.
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Rutherford is the Yankees third-best prospect and the 30th ranked prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline. This trade would give the White Sox 10 top 100 prospects. Frazier would add another bat to the Yankees’ lineup while Robertson and Kahnle would help solidify the bullpen. Interesting enough, both Robertson and Kahnle have a history with the Yankees. Robertson signed with the White Sox from the Yankees and Kahnle came up through their system.
Clarkin was drafted 33rd overall in 2013. He’s been in the system for six years but he’s still just 22-years-old. At Advanced A, he is 4-5 with a 2.62 ERA and is 19th in the Yankees system.
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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand tweeted the organization would take Clippard as a way to offset some salary. Robertson would be owed $13 million next season. Clippard is a veteran right hander. This season he is 1-5 with 4.95 ERA in 40 appearances. His presence will help soften the blow from the loss of two of the team’s best relief pitchers.