The New York Yankees are active near the trade deadline. They’re near a deal with the Chicago White Sox for Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle.
It’s pretty clear that the Chicago White Sox are blowing it up before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Chicago has the worst record in the American League and has already dealt left-handed starter Jose Quintana to the crosstown rival Chicago Cubs for prospects. Could the White Sox orchestrate a blockbuster with some team like the New York Yankees?
Well, it seems the Yankees are on the cusp of getting a huge package before the trade deadline from the White Sox. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman and FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal report that the Yankees are near a deal to land White Sox third basemen Todd Frazier, right-hander David Robertson and right-hander Tommy Kahnle.
Frazier would solve a major need for the Yankees at either first or third base. Kahnle and Robertson would definitely help bolster Joe Girardi’s bullpen for the Bronx Bombers. Strangely, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn just wants prospects for the trio.
Frazier was a power-hitting machine and an All-Star previously for the Cincinnati Reds. He can still crush a baseball or two into the bleachers, but has not been as productive of a player for Chicago. Frazier has only hit .220 in a year and a half in White Sox uniform.
Robertson spent his first seven MLB seasons with the Yankees. He won a World Series with New York in 2009, made his lone appearance to the MLB All-Star Game in 2011 and replaced Mariano Rivera in the closer role in 2014. He has pitched well in the back-end of the White Sox bullpen, but hasn’t had a ton of save opportunities playing for the struggling south siders.
After leaving the Colorado Rockies for the White Sox in 2016, Kahnle has been one of the better relievers in the White Sox bullpen. He has a 2.56 ERA and a 1.200 WHIP in 66 games in White Sox uniform. Kahnle would be a welcomed addition to any bullpen he joins.
Overall, it seems that the White Sox are selling high-end major leaguers for pennies on the dollar. The Yankees have the young players in the pipeline to pull off a blockbuster trade with the White Sox. It’ll be interesting to see who would be going Chicago’s way if both parties can strike a deal before the deadline.