Clint Frazier’s tenure with the New York Yankees left a lot to be desired, but we can assess blame to both parties for that, in addition to what we believe to be lingering concussion issues that drastically affected Frazier’s vision.
Between the Yankees ping-ponging him back and forth to Triple-A even when he was performing admirably and Frazier’s various mistakes (dodging the media, questionable defensive play, fumbling his opportunity to become a starter), there’s no possible way to pinpoint the root of the problem.
So when the Yankees released him last week, it came as no surprise. The relationship had to end. It was upsetting but necessary. Yankees fans wished nothing but the best for the former top prospect who was the centerpiece of the Andrew Miller trade with the Cleveland Indians back in 2016.
Those good vibes hopefully played a role in helping Frazier land on his feet. We learned on Tuesday that the 27-year-old signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs.
It was unclear what the future held for Frazier after manager Aaron Boone had some ominous commentary about the slugger’s vision issues after he was shut down for the remainder of the 2021 season.
We’re just happy to see him get another chance in the bigs because he wasn’t utilized properly in the Bronx. If the team didn’t feel he was ready due to his character concerns or defensive shortcomings, then so be it. Every player endures his own path or journey. Perhaps this is the start of something new and promising for Frazier.
Clint Frazier has landed with the Cubs and the Yankees have still done nothing.
It’s a major league deal for Frazier, too, so he won’t have to endure the pressure of battling for a roster spot
Meanwhile, in New York … crickets. Nothing. Not a single free agent move outside of releasing and re-signing Joely Rodriguez. And we’re supposed to believe this team is serious about contending? The lockout is set to begin in just over 30 hours.
No trades. Not even mentioned in rumors involving high-profile players … in what was arguably the greatest free agent shortstop class of all time! Yankees fans haven’t been able to come to terms with the inactivity and the frustration is starting to boil over.
Frazier, though? He’s enjoying life.
And if he can recreate a semblance of his 2019 and 2020 form? The Cubs might have a lottery ticket on their hands. Those campaigns finally paved the way for Frazier to be named the starting fielder on Opening Day this past season … but it all came crashing down when his defense took a massive step back and he batted .186 across the first three months of the year.
Perhaps an exit outside of the Yankees’ rotten culture can revive the young man. We’d sure be happy to see it … especially since it’d be more validation that this organization constantly mismanages their players in outrageous ways.