Yankees: Three players who could still be traded before Opening Day

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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – APRIL 07: Clint Frazier #77 of the New York Yankees rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles in the second inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 07, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

OF Clint Frazier

I believe Frazier is much more likely to be traded at some point during the regular season but it’s possible the Yankees could still deal him this offseason. Like Happ, Frazier has become very expendable because of all the depth at his position and entering 2020 it’s hard to see where he fits into the mix on the big league roster.

If the season started today Frazier would likely begin the year at Triple-A Scranton and Mike Tachman would get the nod as the team’s fourth outfielder. Frazier proved again last season that he has a lot of potential offensively but his defense was a disaster and I don’t know if the Yankees will ever have enough trust in him to play the outfield on a consistent basis.

Hopefully, he’s used the time off this offseason to improve his defense and that he’ll continue to do so this spring but even if he does I still don’t think it will be enough to earn him a spot on the 26-man roster. It’s a tough situation for Frazier because his bat is big-league ready and he deserves to be on a major league roster but I just don’t know if he’ll ever get that opportunity again in a Yankee uniform.

That’s why a trade at some point still seems like the most likely outcome. What the Yankees could get for him is tough to predict because his value has taken a hit due to his regression on defense. Although his ceiling offensively is still high so maybe there’s an interested team out there who could offer the Yanks a nice bullpen piece in return.