8 important Yankees things | White Sox’s Todd Frazier coming in blockbuster
One put out there on Tuesday night had the Yankees and Chicago White Sox discussing a big deal that would bring slugging South Jersey native Todd Frazier to the Bronx.
Meantime, the Yankees made another roster move on Tuesday, there is news on slumping right fielder Aaron Judge and manager Joe Girardi isn’t happy with his club’s play in the field.
Here’s all the lastest news on the Yankees:
Yankees complete deal with White Sox
Yankees GM Brian Cashman was on record saying he’d like to upgrade before baseball’s July 31 trade deadline and he’s stated his wish list includes a starting pitcher to replace veteran right-hander Michael Pineda, who underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery Tuesday in Cincinnati.
All the while, Cashman was looking to improve his lineup and bullpen, too, as he pulled off a big seven-player deal with the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night acquiring first baseman/third baseman Todd Frazier plus relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle.
Frazier, who was scratched from the White Sox lineup on Tuesday, is a Toms River, N.J. native who played in two All-Star Games while beginning his career with the Cincinnati Reds from 2011-15.
Frazier, 31, spent the last two seasons with the White Sox and is hitting a career-low .207 this year with 16 homers and 44 RBIs in 81 games.
Robertson, 32, spent his first seven big-league seasons with the Yankees from 2008-2014, an All-Star in 2011 and saved 39 games as their closer in ’14. This year, the righty went into Tuesday with a 4-2 record, 2.70 ERA and 47 strikeouts over 33 1/3 innings.
A 6-foot-1 righty, Kahnle is a Latham, N.Y. native, who is 3-6 with a 3.70 ERA over 156 career relief appearances with the Colorado Rockies (2014-15) and White Sox (2015-16). The 27-year-old is 1-3 with a 2.50 ERA this season over 37 appearances with 60 strikeouts in 36 innings.
What the White Sox are getting
The White Sox are getting a big return in their deal with the Yankees, a four-player package that includes one of the Yankees top prospects, outfielder Blake Rutherford.
The White Sox are getting veteran reliever Tyler Clippard, High-A Tampa left-handed starter Ian Clarkin, Double-A outfielder Tito Polo and Rutherford, 20-year-old low-A Charleston center fielder who was a No. 1 draft pick in 2016.
A left-handed hitter, Rutherford was hitting .281 this season with two homers, 30 RBIs and nine steals in 71 South Atlantic League games.
Clarkin, who was a first-round pick in 2013, is 4-5 with a 2.62 ERA in 15 Florida State League games, 14 as a starter.
Polo, 22, is a native of Columbia who is hitting .307 with five homers this season in 74 games with High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. The right-handed hitter batted .382 in 14 games since being promoted to the Eastern League on July 1.
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Phillies’ All-Star reliever also on Yankees’ radar
The worst-in-baseball Phillies will be sellers before baseball’s July 31 trade deadline and one of their biggest chips is All-Star reliever Pat Neshek, who went into Tuesday with a 1.21 ERA over 40 outings with 40 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings.
According to MLB on Fox reporter Ken Rosenthal’s sources, the Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays and Milwaukee Brewers are “among the many teams in mix for Neshek.” Rosenthal added that there is “no clear leader.”
Bryan Mitchell farmed out again
Luis Cessa was a fill-in starter when left-hander CC Sabathia was on the disabled list last month and it appears he’ll be the for-the-time-being replacement for righty Michael Pineda, who had Tommy John surgery on Tuesday.
Cessa is the Yankees’ choice over righty Bryan Mitchell, whose latest option to Triple-A on Tuesday occurred a day after his first start of the season, a no-decision against the Twins on Monday night in which he allowed two runs, one earned, over five innings.
“Right now the plan is for (Cessa) to start (Tuesday) and Sunday,” manager Joe Girardi said.
Taking Mitchell’s roster spot, Cessa returned from Triple-A to start Tuesday after being demoted on July 8.
Mitchell will continue starting for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after beginning the season as a long reliever in the Yankees’ bullpen. The Yankees could have kept Mitchell for that role again, but instead opted for rookie left-hander Caleb Smith, who allowed two runs over three innings Monday in his Major League debut.
“We sent Mitchell down based on need,” Girardi said. “We needed a spot and he’s not available to us for probably four days, so Caleb is available to us earlier. It’s a decision we talked about over a substantial period of time between (Monday) night and (Tuesday). We want (Mitchell) to go back and start and be prepared to help us.”
Michael Dwyer | AP
Day off coming for Judge
Rookie right fielder Aaron Judge, who went into Tuesday with one hit over his last 21 at-bats in five games since returning from the All-Star break, will sit out the Yankees’ series finale against the Twins on Wednesday afternoon.
Manager Joe Girardi doesn’t think Judge has become frustrated during his slump, but still believes a day to clear his mind will be helpful.
“Definitely,” Girardi said. “The reason I chose (Wednesday) is because it’s like two days (off) almost in a sense. You have (Tuesday night’s game), then he won’t play until Thursday night (in Seattle).”
Girardi wants fielders to pick it up
There has been a slight drop this season in the Yankees’ defense, which was 10th in the AL with a .983 fielding percentage through Monday after being ranked 6th in the league last season with a .985 percentage.
Pitcher Bryan Mitchell gifted the Twins a run on Monday night by dropping a perfect throw to first from second baseman Starlin Castro for the Yankees’ fourth error in five games since returning from the All-Star break.
“I think average (defense) is what we’ve played,” Girardi said. “There have been double plays that we haven’t turned that we should have turned, and a lot of times that’s magnified a lot more than maybe not a run scoring. It’s magnified in the extra pitches that it adds … which you have to use your bullpen earlier (and then) you don’t have them for the next day. It becomes magnified.
“Defense is extremely important and at times we have not played great defense.”
Bruce Kluckhohn | AP
Frazier will stay in lineup
Yankees manager Joe Girardi has been using rookie outfielder Clint Frazier like he used injured fourth outfielder Aaron Hicks for much of the season … by playing him almost every day.
Frazier, who was in the lineup for the fifth game in a row on Tuesday, has earned his playing time, as he was batting .308 with three homers and eight RBIs in 11 games through Monday.
“I’m going to find ways to play him just because I do like the way he’s swinging the bat,” Girardi said of Frazier. “I like what he brings to the table. He brings power as well. I’ll give him a day (off) here soon.”
“I’m going to find ways to play him just because I do like the way he’s swinging the bat. I like what he brings to the table. He brings power as well. I’ll give him a day here soon, but this way I can keep all the outfielders pretty fresh.