Yankees Reportedly Go Shopping From Red Sox Wish List

The Red Sox need a third baseman — at least, if they’re not going to give Rafael Devers a shot, like I think they should — and maybe some more relief help. This isn’t any kind of secret. Dave Dombrowski is even openly talking about it. And Todd Frazier, a walk-year player on a team trading everything that isn’t nailed down, was an obvious fit. He’d have been a fit if they wanted to keep the spot open for Devers, since he could have played some first base too, potentially giving them an upgrade over Mitch Moreland if Devers came up and mashed.

Like every other contender, they could also use another reliever or two. Their bullpen has been good so far, but also heavily worked, and no one every really has enough good bullpen arms. The White Sox were also selling good relievers, including a young controllable arm that Jeff just wrote up today. A deal between the two Sox franchises seemed like an obvious fit.

So, of course, the Yankees are apparently getting in the way, and according to reports, are closing on a deal for Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle.

Chase Headley has been decent enough at third base that Frazier would probably play first base in New York, or at least give them options to run some platoons at the corner infield spots with Frazier bouncing between the two spots. But for New York, this is probably more about getting two more good arms for a bullpen that has been pretty lousy so far, and then keeping Frazier away from their division rival because why not?

Given what Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle cost, I’d imagine this trio is going to fetch a decent return, depending on how much of Robertson’s salary the Yankees are picking up. If they’re absorbing all of the ~$18 million he’s owed through next season, that might lighten the package a bit, but Kahnle was likely going to cost a lot, given his dominance this season and remaining years of control. Odds are the Yankees simply outbid the Red Sox, and I wouldn’t be surprised if making sure the Red Sox didn’t get better easily was at least partly about the reason the Yankees got involved here.

Since the deal isn’t yet done, we don’t know what price New York is paying, but I certainly wouldn’t want to try and come back against this potential bullpen in October. Kahnle, Robertson, Dellin Betances, and Aroldis Chapman would be a pretty rough group to try and score off of.





Dave is the Managing Editor of FanGraphs.

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matt
5 years ago

I like how this deal basically being a done deal was reported bit more than a hour ago. And zero credible reporters have reported which prospects are going to the white sox

matt
5 years ago
Reply to  matt

My pure guess is 2 or maybe even 3 of: Rutherford, Mateo, Fowler, Florial, Andujar, Adams. 1 of Dillon Tate/James Kaprielian. Abreu or Acevedo. And before you Rutherford truthers come at me, please look at his power output as a future COF without plus speed and explain to me why he should be untouchable

fuster
5 years ago
Reply to  matt

it wont be Rutherford, Adams or Mateo

matt
5 years ago
Reply to  fuster

Well you look to be wrong as Rutherford is in the deal it appears

Jorge Fabregasmember
5 years ago
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matt
5 years ago
Reply to  Jorge Fabregas

IMO if Yankees get off sending just Rutherford among their “top” prospects that’s a win for them