4. Clint Frazier
Ironically, Frazier’s difficult with concussions might keep him in pinstripes this year. If he were fully healthy, he’d either be projected as a starter or he’d be placed publicly on the trade block. As it stands, his career in New York is placed squarely in limbo.
2018 was essentially a lost season for Frazier. Despite significant injuries in the Yankees outfield, he was only able to scratch out 34 at bats on the season. His performance in those at bats didn’t do anything to help or hurt his long-term outlook.
Sources inside the organization are optimistic Frazier will be ready to go when Spring Training begins, but the medical reality is that his next concussion might be his last. That cold, hard fact really limits the Yankees ability to count on him moving forward. If they could get a similar, healthy prospect in return for Frazier they’d likely agree to the transaction.
The only question here is whether or not there’s another team willing to take on Frazier’s medical baggage. When he’s right, there’s little question he can perform as at least an average MLB outfielder. His fragility will scare off most teams though. Even so, it only takes one to make a deal. Keep an eye on Frazier’s status as the hot stove starts to really cook.