1. Clint Frazier
No two Clint Frazier stances have looked the same this season. That seems bad.
Unfortunately, Frazier hasn’t performed whatsoever this year, despite a few massively clutch hits that were supposed to turn his season around. What happened after his walk-off against the Rays that provided brief sustenance? What about after his game-winning double in Buffalo last week? Not much of anything. On the year, Frazier is tied for the third-lowest fWAR of any hitter to appear in a Major League Baseball game this year.
It’s the end of June. That’s enough.
Frazier’s trade value is at its lowest point … ever at the moment, and it’s possible the Yankees still seek out that avenue to remove him from the roster. However, after all that’s gone into the mentorship and the moments, is New York really going to just surrender him to the wolves? Is the Andrew Miller trade really about to be [traded for James Paxton], [cut and ended up closing games for the Rays], [traded for the Reds’ 22nd-best prospect] and Ben Heller? That’s frustrating, to say the least.
Whatever happens, Frazier can’t have free rein to bog down a righty-heavy lineup with — again, not exaggerating — the third-worst offensive performance any near-full-timer has given to their team this season. A demotion in favor of Park or Trey Amburgey, both of whom would then occupy an empty 40-man spot, seems possible. Could Frazier be part of a trade package for Adam Frazier or Starling Marte?
We’re sorry it’s come to this, but someone fungible has to be the fall guy for this team-wide inability to score runs.