The White Sox farm system appears set to get another high profile prospect in the team's rebuild.
A trade sending Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to the Yankees seems imminent with reports saying the deal will be announced following the conclusion of Tuesday's White Sox game against the Dodgers.
Bob Nightengale first reported that 20-year-old outfielder Blake Rutherford, the Yankees' 2016 first-round pick, would be the top prospect heading back to the White Sox. CSN Chicago's Dan Hayes has confirmed this.
Rutherford is ranked No. 3 in the Yankees' system and No. 30 overall by MLBPipeline.com and No. 36 overall by Baseball America. He is hitting .281 with two home runs, 25 walks and 55 strikeouts in 274 at-bats for Charleston in the Low-A South Atlantic League. He has a .342 on-base percentage and a .391 slugging percentage.
Ian Clarkin, another first-round pick from 2013, is reportedly also a part of the deal. Clarkin, 22, is ranked No. 19 in the Yankees system by MLB Pipeline. The left-handed pitcher is currently on the High-A Tampa Yankees. He has a 2.62 ERA in 75 2/3 innings with 58 strikeouts and 25 walks.
Another surprise part of the deal is that the White Sox might be receiving Typer Clippard in the deal as well.
Source: Tyler Clippard is part of the package that would head to the White Sox if/when the Robertson/Frazier/Kahnle deal is completed.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 19, 2017
If Clippard comes to the White Sox, it would be mostly as a cost-offsetting move for the Yankees, who will be taking on the rest of Robertson's $12 million for this year and $13 million next year. Clippard is a free agent after this season.
The White Sox will get four players back in this deal .— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) July 19, 2017
News is moving fast on this one. Stay with CSNChicago.com for the latest updates on this pending move.