Other teams had been chasing Frazier doggedly over the last few days, most notably the Red Sox, who still desperately need a third baseman. The first major hint that something was going down appeared when Frazier was seen hugging his teammates and shaking hands in the dugout just as the Find Cheap Jerseys Online White Sox were wrapping up batting practice before Tuesday’s game.
New York will be happy to get some relief help, and while Frazier doesn’t perfectly fit its hole at first base, it doesn’t hurt to have him at third where he can trade off with Chase Headley for the time being before the latter (possibly) moves across the diamond.
Of course, besides picking up this quartet of players, the trade has the additional benefit of taking Todd Frazier away from a division rival. That might not have been the primary motivation for the deal, but in the AL East that rivalry is usually on the top of fans’ minds, especially with the Yankees only 3.5 games back from Boston for the division lead.
However, Aaron Judge was also on that top 10, and his 2017 has him dominating the AL. Clint Frazier was ranked second, and not only is he still around, but he could push Jacoby Ellsbury out of a job. Gleyber Torres will miss the rest of 2017 recovering from Tommy John surgery, but the young shortstop was tearing things up at the plate before then, and the long-term concerns are much different for a position player than a pitcher.
They would have had prospects, they would have been facing the same confusing offseason, and they still would have lost just as many games. There was no way to justify it back then, but we’re here, and even with the Royals just a game behind the Mariners for the second wild card, I would be ready to pull the Cheap Youth NBA Jerseys emergency chute.