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Yankees acquire Frazier, Robertson from White Sox in seven-player trade

Yankees acquire Frazier, Robertson from White Sox in seven-player trade

BOSTON — Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has landed his man, and in turn, prevents the Red Sox from getting theirs.

Days of speculation about the Red Sox trading for White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier came to an end Tuesday night — one that sends Frazier to the Yankees.

And that’s not all. 

The Yankees also land David Robertson and reliever Tommy Kahnle in exchange for Blake Rutherford, Ian Clarkin, Tito Polo and Tyler Clippard.

Frazier was a late scratch for the White Sox on Tuesday night, setting the web abuzz.

A 31-year-old righthanded hitter, Frazier is in the last year of his contract and is owed the remainder of his $12 million salary, roughly $5 million at this point. He’s a pull hitter who, perhaps, would have thrived at Fenway Park coming off a 40-home run season in 2016, his career-best.

Instead, a Yankees team that can already mash adds even more firepower, both in the lineup and in the bullpen, where Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman already reside. Robertson came up with the Yankees and spent most of his career there before joining the White Sox as a free agent.

Frazier this year has 16 home runs, a .207 average, .328 on-base percentage and .432 slugging percentage. His OPS, .761, is nearly identical to last year’s, .767.

Most of Frazier’s power has come since the start of June. In 37 games in this month and last, he has nine home runs with a .234/.361/.508 line.

Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday evening on NESN that third base was an obvious place for the team to upgrade.

“I think we’re open to upgrading ourself any way we possibly can,” Dombrowski said in an interview with Tom Caron. “Third base becomes the obvious because when you look at the rest of the club from a positional player perspective ... [and] mostly from a pitching perspective, there’s not any glaring weaknesses at that point.

"But third base is the one area where we really haven’t come up with the league norm, the league average at this time. So again, we’re open-minded to doing it any way we possibly can. Third base is one area where we could possibly address."

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

New Red Sox manager Alex Cora has announced that, as expected, left-hander Chris Sale will be the Opening Day starter when the Red Sox begin their season nine days from now against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. David Price will pitch the second game and Rick Porcello the third. 

Cora told reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. that Eduardo Rodriguez would be in the fourth starter's spot if he's ready as he continues to recover from off-season knee surgery and left-hander Brian Johnson is preparing to be the fifth starter for now.

In Price's second Grapefruit League start on Tuesday, he pitched five innings and allowed two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out four in the Red Sox' 12-6 victory over the Pirates. Third baseman Rafael Devers, hitting .349 this spring, hit his third home run of the spring. Andrew Benintendi (.405) had a double and two RBI and first baseman Sam Travis drove in three. 

Sale had a much rougher outing Monday, giving up four runs on five hits, with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings against the Phillies. 



Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge are about to go global.

Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy on Monday confirmed the Sox are interested to play the Yankees in London during next year's regular season. Bloomberg reported the clubs are nearing an agreement to play two games there in June 2019. Discussions are indeed taking place, but a deal is not done.

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“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make," Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.

Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics.

MLB has not played any games in Europe before. The Red Sox have made trips before, including to Japan before the 2008 season.