CHICAGO – Clint Frazier contributed a single in five bat to the Yankees & # 39; 10-3 stomping of the White Sox on Sunday afternoon on the guaranteed batch field (worst ballpark name ever). In the aftermath of what happened after the game, it is right to wonder what uniform the 24-year-old will wear next time he gets a big league tree.
With Edwin Encarnacion set to join the team on Monday at The Bronx, Yankees selects Frazier for Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre, saving him a redundant flight back to New York. It represented a rip-off-the-band-Aid decision by the Yankees, which essentially gave the smallest bat and better glove Mike Tauchman an extra day on the roster, before being demoted to make room for the rehabilitated Giancarlo Stanton . [1
What an eventful season it has already been for Frazier, and we're not even halfway. He takes a very impressive .283 / .330 / .513 oblique line, with 11 homers in 191 at-bat, back to shrubs. He takes a firm mandate to work on his outward defense, which has been so bad that it has undermined much of the value he gives on the record. And he takes some war stories of fighting with the New York media and raises issues that already existed about his ability to block noise.
Last and not least, he takes the knowledge that the busiest moments have yet to come. 19659006] "I've been acting once," acknowledged Frazier. "Who knows? I can't control it. I'm just trying to play as well as possible to put myself in a good position."
When Brian Cashman addresses the media Monday to discuss the Encarnacion deal and its ramifications, the Yankees general manager certainly praised Frazier – whom he acquired from the Indians in 2016 Andrew Miller's trade – and play down the idea that the outfielder is now getting more consumption. But as Aaron Boone told Frazier after delivering the bad news: "This is the reality of things." The reality of things is that the Yanks need another starter and possibly another reliever. The additional reality is that the Yankees' agricultural system is weakened by massive trades and graduations.
So Frazier with any major league success on his summary and not eligible for free agency until early 2023-24 offseason stands out as a particularly exciting trading chip. You can't handle him for a rental like Giants & Madison Bumgarner; he would represent too high a price. However, for a controllable start such as the Blue Jay's Marcus Stroman or Tiger's Matthew Boyd, you must seriously consider switching him if you are the Yankee.
Frazier described himself as "pretty surprised" by the speed of his island vote. It's in everyone's interest if he follows his veteran teammate Bretts Gardner's advice, which will see his playing time when Encarnacion, Stanton and Aaron Judge all arrive.
"Sometimes when decisions are made, you do not always agree with them, but you just have to hold your head down and move forward," Gardner said. "[Frazier] is a guy who has lots of talent. He wants to play this game for a long time. He has been a big part of why we're up there in the first place right now. He has done a good job for us, and he will continue to do so. Like all of us, he must continue to work, move forward, and be positive. " Boone from Frazier. "This is where we are out of a roasting situation. So, of course, tough news to deliver, but hopefully he can make the most of it and continue to improve on his craft. He will play a role for us again. "
What exactly will that role be? Outfielder, designated hitter or trade bait? The Frazier saga, which is already fascinating, can only start.