Yankees: Four players with value who should be traded

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Mar 10, 2017; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (75) looks on during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Clint Frazier

The Yankees jumped with glee when they were able to pry Clint Frazier from the Cleveland Indians last season in the deal that sent Andrew Miller on his way.

But let’s get one thing straight from the get-go here. Frazier is not Aaron Judge, and he may not even be Aaron Hicks.

What he is is another dime a dozen power-hitting low-average outfielders who seem to exist with a halo over their head with no reason attached to it.

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In two seasons and about 300 at-bats at the Triple-A level, Frazier has managed to hit for a .243 average with eleven home runs, 35 RBI, and a paltry .310 on-base percentage. Double those home run and RBI totals, and you have a full season. That’s nothing to write home about.

Still, Frazier has that all-important word “potential” attached to his name, and the Yankees need to take advantage of that before it’s too late.

Which means that if the Yankees want to pursue a number one or number two starter, Frazier, with a Tyler Wade for instance thrown in, can get you that as part of a package deal that would need to be put together.

Unlike Gleyber Torres, who could be dealt straight up for Pirates ace, Gerrit Cole, if the Yankees wanted to go that route, Frazier doesn’t have that kind of drawing power. And more significantly, in all likelihood, he never will.

The Yankees are blessed with a plethora of talented outfielders in their farm system. In fact, my colleague, Cory Claus, recently wrote a brilliant piece claiming that the future outfield of the Yankees is already playing together at Class-A Charleston.

Bottom line, Clint Frazier is expendable for the Yankees. Put him with another team that needs a power hitting corner outfielder, maybe not so much. There will be takers if Brian Cashman puts his name out there. But that window is closing fast.