Clint Frazier’s Yankees future has by no means been extra unclear

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CHICAGO — Clint Frazier contributed a single in 5 at-bats to the Yankees’ 10-Three stomping of the White Sox on Sunday afternoon at Assured Charge Subject (worst ballpark title ever). Within the wake of what transpired after the sport, it’s truthful to marvel what uniform the 24-year-old will probably be sporting the subsequent time he will get a serious league hit.

With Edward Encarnacion set to hitch the group Monday in The Bronx, the Yankees optioned Frazier to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, saving him a superfluous flight again to New York. It represented a rip-off-the-Band-Help choice by the Yankees, who primarily gave the lesser bat and higher glove Mike Tauchman an additional day on the roster earlier than he too will get demoted to make room for the rehabilitated Giancarlo Stanton.

“It’s a tricky tablet to swallow,” Frazier mentioned. “It’s by no means enjoyable, particularly with how a lot I felt like I contributed to this group this 12 months.”

What an eventful season it has been already for Frazier, and we’re not even on the midway level. He takes a really spectacular .283/.330/.513 slash line, with 11 homers in 191 at-bats, again to the bushes. He takes a seamless mandate to work on his outfield protection, which has been so dangerous that it has undermined a lot of the worth he supplies on the plate. And he takes some warfare tales of battles with the New York media, elevating questions that already existed about his capability to dam out noise.

Final and never least, he takes the information that the busiest moments could also be but to return.

“I’ve been traded as soon as,” Frazier acknowledged. “Who is aware of? I can’t management that. I simply attempt to play nearly as good as I can to place myself in an excellent place.”

When Brian Cashman addresses the media Monday to debate the Encarnacion commerce and its ramifications, the Yankees normal supervisor absolutely will reward Frazier — whom he acquired from the Indians within the 2016 Andrew Miller commerce — and play down the concept that the outfielder now turns into extra expendable. But as Boone mentioned to Frazier upon delivering the dangerous information, “That is the fact of issues.” The truth of issues is that the Yankees want one other beginning pitcher and probably one other reliever, too. The additional actuality is that the Yankees’ farm system has weakened after large trades and graduations.

So Frazier, with some main league success on his résumé and never eligible without cost company till the 2023-24 offseason on the earliest, stands out as a very intriguing commerce chip. You may’t deal him for a rental just like the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner; he would signify too excessive a worth. For a controllable starter just like the Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman or the Tigers’ Matthew Boyd, nevertheless, you’d have to significantly take into account swapping him in case you’re the Yankees.

Frazier described himself as “fairly stunned” by the quickness of his vote off the island. It’s in everybody’s pursuits if he follows the counsel of his veteran teammate, Brett Gardner, who will see his enjoying time lower as soon as Encarnacion, Stanton and Aaron Decide all arrive.

“Generally when selections are made, you don’t at all times agree with them, however you’ve simply acquired to maintain your head down and hold transferring ahead,” Gardner mentioned. “[Frazier] is a man that has acquired a ton of expertise. He’s going to play this sport for a very long time. He’s been an enormous a part of why we’re up there in first place proper now. He’s accomplished an important job for us and he’ll proceed to do this. Similar to all of us, he’s acquired to maintain working, hold transferring ahead and keep constructive.”

“He’s performed an enormous position on a profitable group, and that doesn’t essentially cease now,” Boone mentioned of Frazier. “That is the place we’re at from a roster scenario. So clearly powerful information to ship, however hopefully he can profit from it and proceed to get higher at his craft. Know that he’s going to play a job for us once more.”

What exactly will that position be? Outfielder, designated hitter or commerce bait? The Frazier saga, already fascinating, would possibly simply be beginning.