Trading Clint Frazier to an AL East rival would be a mistake

On Sunday afternoon, I parked myself on the couch, pulled the emergency brake, and settled in for nine innings of Yankee baseball.  Apart from some Yankee fielding errors, it was a good game to watch.  It was a divisional match-up that featured two fantastic pitchers on the bump.  For the Yanks it was, Masahiro Tanaka and for the Blue Jays, Marcus Stroman. 

I love watching Stroman pitch; he has some of the nastiest stuff in the league.  His command is phenomenal and he fields his position incredibly well, a rare trait for a pitcher.  My “dumb fan brain” is taking the image of him pitching in Yankee Stadium, but this time it’s October and he’s wearing pinstripes.  It’s a wonderful image and not completely far-fetched.  Stroman has been linked to the Yankees as a trade target at the deadline along with Madison Bumgardner, Trevor Bauer, and a few others.  Of those three listed, Stroman would be my top option, but I tend to think the Yankees will be better off searching elsewhere for pitching help.  Why?  Trading for Stroman would guarantee dealing Clint Frazier to a division rival.
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Clint Frazier has been identified as the odd man out in the Yankee outfield.  While he’s proven that he deserves to be in the bigs, there’s simply no room for him on the squad.  I can’t say for sure, but this likely frustrates Clint and he’ll be playing with a chip on his shoulder for the rest of his career. 

The Yankees as an organization can set emotion aside.  They view Clint Frazier as a trade asset that will net a top-tier starting pitcher in return.  Frazier is largely regarded as a five-tool ball player and the team that receives him in a trade will set him up to be just that.  It is in the Yankees’ best interest to keep him out of the division.  Truthfully, I’d prefer a player of his caliber out of the American League all together, if he can’t be a Yankee. 

The 2019 season has angered Clint Frazier and rightfully so.  Angry Clint Frazier is a player the Yankees do not want to face 15+ times a season.  For his sake, however, I hope he lands with a team that needs his bat on a day-in, day-out basis.  I just hope that it’s not a team in the AL East. 


Article by John Messina


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