Yankees: Extreme roster moves NYY can make right now to send a message
2. Option Clint Frazier to Triple-A
How much more do the Yankees need to see? Clint Frazier has had question marks surrounding him since the moment he stepped foot on the dirt at Yankees Stadium. Whether it was defensive issues, injury woes, or character concerns, something’s always followed the 26-year-old.
Now? It’s his offense, which was supposed to be his saving grace.
Frazier is hitting .187 with a .317 slugging percentage. Across 65 games and 217 plate appearances. That’s a large enough sample size to inform us that … this isn’t working. He’s good for -6 Defensive Runs Saved in the outfield. Among qualifying players, Frazier is 1,248th with a -0.8 fWAR … and there are only FIVE players beneath him. He’s literally among the worst in the entire league.
The former top prospect has one minor-league option left. And the Yankees need to use it. Call up Trey Amburgey and see what he can do in place of Frazier. Again, how much worse can it get?
And please, don’t sit there and tell us that using Frazier’s final option will diminish his trade value. It’s already non-existent. If a team is trading for him, they want to play him and see if he can perform outside the pressure of New York. They won’t be worrying about one final option for roster flexibility purposes.
Frazier’s three clutch hits this year have likely saved him from this fate. But that’s still not enough. The Yankees need to trim the fat at this very moment and there’s no time to waste. And if he can’t figure it out at Triple-A, then that’s the end of the road for him.