The New York Yankees recently acquired a 2x All-Star in Todd Frazier, a former Yankees reliever Robertson and a young locked up reliever in Kahnle.
Reason One :
The Yankees outmaneuvered the Red Sox, who are an arch-rival team in the division and are currently ahead of the Yankees in the standings by 4.5 games. The Red Sox were in search of a corner infielder rental, and were in serious discussions with the White Sox for both David Robertson and Todd Frazier. The Yankees managed to not only fix one of their weaknesses in the corners, but kept the players out of the Boston Red Sox hands in this tight rush for playoff spots. The Yankees production from both corners this season is terrible. On the first base end the combined stats this season are [.181 BA, 12 HR, 37 RBI]. The Yankees are able to move Chase Headley, who’s batting [.257 BA, 4 HR, 37 RBI] over to first base from third to play side by side with the newly acquired Garrett Cooper; thanks to the addition of Todd Frazier. Frazier will help boost the power from the other corner of the infield. The Yankees this season are batting poorly at third also [.266 BA, 6 HR, 58 RBI], so Todd Frazier will hopefully boost the power production from over there, he on the season is averaging mediocre stats [.206 BA, 16 HR, 44 RBI].
Reason Two :
The New York Yankees truly gave up next to nothing in the trade, making them big winners. Their strongest piece of the team is their outfield core, which can be argued as one of the best in the league. So far on the season they are putting up good stats as a group [.271 BA, 62 HR, 173 RBI] leaving not much room for improvement. The key piece that they traded to the Chicago White Sox was prospect Blake Rutherford. He is highly regarded on the MLB top prospects board, but has some concerns. Blake hasn’t been producing enough offense to cover up concerns with his fielding and some are concerned he may not ever make the big leagues due to not having enough power behind the bat. Not to mention, he isn’t even as productive as another Yankees outfield prospect, that people covering the farm system ranked higher than Rutherford, Florial. They feel like Florial is too far off to have an impact on the Yankees outfield considering he is in the Low-A league for their farm and is already meeting up with some troubles. Not to mention the Yankees seem to be all set for a while longer, having a young core being as productive as 22 year old Clint Frazier [.298 BA, 3 HR, 8 RBI] in 47 ABs.
Then there is 25 year old Aaron Judge [.312 BA, 30 HR, 67 RBI] who both have a bright future together in the outfield. The deepest part of this team will only become stronger when they are able to have Dustin Fowler team up with Clint and Judge in the outfield, Dustin was ranked as the 89th overall prospect in all of baseball at mid season. The other prospects traded were other Low-A leaguer players which ensures they don’t compromise their future for the present, OF Tito Polo and Ian Clarkin. The final piece traded to the White Sox was Tyler Clippard who was actually hurting the Yankees contract books and on the field, while posting a poor 4.95 ERA in 40 Games.
Reason Three :
After acquiring both David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle in the trade, they have officially locked up the best bullpen in baseball which is a big need to any potential late postseason contender. The Yankees know this, as they traded away two key relievers last season for many top prospects to contenders. David Robertson is one of the leagues premiere setup relievers, who has a 2.70 ERA in 31 games. Tommy Kahnle is known as one of the better middle inning relievers in the league, posting a 2.43 ERA in 38 games, in case things go wrong for the starter in the early innings. Add both of them for multiple years on reasonable contracts to a bullpen that already has Chad Green [1.70 ERA / 20 Games], Adam Warren [1.82 ERA / 30 Games], Dellin Betances [2.87 ERA / 35 Games] and lastly Aroldis Chapman closing with an [3.42 ERA / 10 Saves].