The Yankees should trade outfielder Clint Frazier after his latest demotion.
Some fans might view New York’s latest roster transaction as a surprise considering the sheer need for as many able bodies as possible, and how well this player has performed thus far. However, if history has taught us anything, the move just further confirmed that Clint Frazier has zero future with the Yankees.
Over the weekend, the Yankees announced that they option the 25-year-old outfielder — as well as reliever Ben Heller — to their alternate training site. Though the decision was ultimately his, manager Aaron Boone hated every part of demoting Frazier.
With the entire outfield healthy, there’s simply no way for Boone to give the young slugger consistent game time. Benching one of Aaron Judge or Giancarlo Stanton isn’t going to happen, and, while a case could be made for sitting Aaron Hicks, his glove in centerfield is invaluable, which makes him a must start. Add in Mike Tauchman and Brett Gardner’s place in the pecking order, and…yeah.
It pains us to say it, but it would be best for both the Yankees and Frazier if the club traded him, so let’s highlight a few potential trade destinations and packages that general manager Brian Cashman could explore for the former No. 5 overall pick.
3. Los Angeles Angels
We can all agree that it would be better for baseball if Mike Trout was playing in October on a yearly basis and advancing beyond the early rounds. What makes the Los Angeles Angels a realistic trade partner with the Yankees is the fact that they have the young prospects to get a deal done. On top of that, their corner outfielders are nothing special, meaning Frazier should be able to carve out a role as a starter. A Trout-Upton-Jo Adell-Frazier OF + DH crew would be fun for the whole family.
A package featuring left-hander Patrick Sandoval, the Angels’ No. 6 overall prospect, according to MLB.com, and outfielder Trent Deveaux (No. 15 overall) should be enough for the Yankees — who could use a southpaw in their righty-dominated farm system — to agree to this deal.
With Justin Upton and Albert Pujols in the twilight of their careers, trading for Frazier would set the Angels up with a daunting future core in their lineup of Trout, Anthony Rendon, Shohei Ohtani and Frazier.