The New York Yankees have acquired third baseman Todd Frazier, relief pitcher David Robertson, and relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle. In return, the Chicago White Sox will welcome outfield prospect Blake Rutherford, pitching prospect Ian Clarkin, and relief pitcher Tyler Clippard.
Todd Frazier, a 2015 all star who was traded to the Chicago White Sox in the 2016 offseason, will become a free agent after this season. Frazier, who is a career .247 hitter, has slashed an average of .207. Along with that, he has had an on-base percentage of .328. He is having a down year from last year power wise, but he still has 16 home runs and 44 runs batted in. At third base he has had a decent .958 fielding percentage while making only 7 errors.
David Robertson, who has one year left on his deal before becoming a free agent, has enjoyed a nice year with the Sox. Robertson has posted a 2.70 earned run average while only allowing .960 walks and hits per inning. He has had a little over a four to one strikeout to walk ratio at 4.27 to 1, while averaging 12.7 strikeouts per nine innings. He has given up more home runs this year per nine innings than any other year but it is still only at 1.1 home runs per nine.
Tommy Kahnle, the final piece for the Yankees who is having a career year, is under contract until after the 2020 season. Kahnle, who has enjoyed a 2.50 earned run average, has also had a solid .972 walks and hits per inning. One of the best things about Tommy is that he racks up strikeouts as he has had 15 per nine innings and a strikeout to walk rate of 8.57 to 1. There is also the fact that he has allowed .8 home runs per nine innings.
Blake Rutherford, the headliner of this package, a 2016 first round pick at pick 18, was the Yankees third best prospect. Rutherford is ranked as the 30th best prospect in all of baseball, adding a 10th top 100 prospect into Chicago’s system. In Single-A this year, Blake has put up a .281 batting average and an on-base percentage of .342. While with Charleston, he has hit two home runs with 30 runs batted in. He has also had a fielding percentage of .990 with only one error.
Ian Clarkin a former 2013 first round pick at number 33 found his way to the Yankees prospect list at number 19. While in single a high a ball he has put up a 2.61 earned run average. Along with a 1.244 walks and hits per inning. Clarkin on average strikes out 7.1 batters per nine while having a poor strikeout to walk rate of 2.28 to 1. He however rarely gives up a home run as he averages .5 per nine innings.
Tito Polo the final prospect piece in the deal in between high a and double a hit .298 while having an on-base percentage of .358. In 72 game he has hit 5 home runs along with 36 runs batted in. He has also had a fielding percentage of .991 while only making one error.
Tyler Clippard, the final piece of this trade, has one more year after this year left on his deal. Clippard has had a 4.95 earned run average along with 1.294 walks and hits per inning. He has also averaged 10.4 strike outs per nine innings. He has struggled this year with walks as he has a 2.21 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio.
The Yankees, who received some much needed bullpen help, also got some third base help due to Chase Headley being moved on over to first base. The White Sox, who traded away veterans, could have received more than what they received, but they still did have a decent haul.