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."