We are just a days away from the MLB Trade Deadline, and all thirty teams are looking for ways to improve both their offense and defense as they try to make a run for the title. The New York Yankees currently sit in second place in the AL East and decided they wanted to make some noise, and that they did. The team acquired third baseman Todd Frazier, relief pitcher David Robertson and pitcher Tommy Kahnle in exchange for three prospects and Tyler Clippard.
Todd Frazier was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds with the 34th overall pick in the 2007 MLB draft. He spent seven seasons there before being dealt to the Chicago White Sox in a three-team deal also involving the Los Angeles Dodgers on December 16th, 2015. Frazier spent the next season and a half in the windy city until the Yankees scooped him up on July 18th, 2017. If you remember, Todd Frazier won the Little League World Series in 1998 as a member of the Toms River team (my hometown, too!) and was able to meet Derek Jeter when the Yankees invited them. Pretty cool stuff!
Now it's on to the concrete jungle Can't wait. Definitely a dream come true. Let's goooooo #yankeenation
— Todd Frazier (@FlavaFraz21) July 19, 2017
David Robertson, who was a former Yankee, was more than excited to return home to the Bronx. He was drafted by the Bronx Bombers in the 17th round of the 2006 MLB draft and made his debut on June 28, 2008. He stayed with the Yankees until 2014 when he was offered a massive free agent deal by the White Sox, worth $46 million over four years.
On the other side of the deal, Blake Rutherford was one of the prospects sent to Chicago in the deal. He was actually the Yankees’ first round, 18th overall pick in the MLB draft just last summer. While he said he always dreamed of being a Yankee, he is excited for his future with the White Sox.
According to multiple reports, the Yankees are still looking to make more deals ahead of the July 31st deadline, especially for a first baseman. If the team can continue to stun in this fashion, the Bronx Bombers could definitely make an interesting run for the AL East crown.