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Yankees Make Statement For 2017 And Beyond

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The Yankees Traded for Todd Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle on Tuesday

After a hot start to the season, the Yankees found themselves sliding heading into the All Star break. A loss to the Twins on Wednesday afternoon marked their 10th consecutive series loss/tie and pushed them to 4.5 games back of the AL East leading Boston Red Sox.

It seemed as though Yankees GM Brian Cashman was going to stick with what he had, perhaps making a few minor moves while still staying competitive at least for a wild card spot.

As we found out on Tuesday, this was not the case. Tuesday evening the Yankees acquired 1B/3B Todd Frazier along with relief pitchers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle from the Chicago White Sox.

I mentioned the possibility of Frazier coming to the Bronx in the 2017 Trade Deadline Preview.

In return, the White Sox received the No. 30 prospect, outfielder Blake Rutherford, outfield prospect Tito Polo, pitching prospect Ian Clarkin, and big league relief pitcher Tyler Clippard.

Rutherford was New York’s third ranked prospect and will add to an already stacked farm system for the White Sox.

Cashman’s Move Is Smarter Than You Think

Brian Cashman was openly reluctant to trade any of the Yankee’s top prospects, especially for a rental. So when he traded the team’s No. 3 prospect along with two others for a package highlighted by impending free agent Todd Frazier, I’ll admit I was surprised.

However, when you look closer at this trade you’ll see that the other two players coming to New York are the real prizes.

David Robertson is one of the best relievers in the game. He’s capable of handling late inning situations and will feel right at home playing for his old team in New York. And he’s not just a rental, Robertson is signed through the 2018 season and will help the club next year as well.

Perhaps the most important piece in the trade is Tommy Kahnle. The right hander has been electric out of Chicago’s bullpen this year, holding a 2.50 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and throwing 60 strikeouts in 36 innings for the pale hose.

The Yankees are familiar with the powerful righty, having drafted him in the fifth round of the 2010 draft. Kahnle also went to high school in Latham, New York.

Like D-Rob, Kahnle is no rental either. He won’t be a free agent until 2021, which means the Yanks just acquired a young arm that could help them in the years to come. His value is what makes this deal a win in my book.

RHP Tommy Kahnle has been dominant for Chicago this year. (Photo: Brule Laker via Flickr)

Yankees Continue To Compete Now While Still Building Towards The Future

Expect GM Brian Cashman to continue his calculated plan of attack. Building a club that could become a dynasty in years to come while also putting the current big league team in a position to make a run in October.

They are still in the market for some rotation help, although there have been rumors that the asking prices on available starters have been too high. I don’t expect Cashman to let go of any more top prospects unless it’s for a controllable arm.

Sonny Gray is signed through 2019, as is Julio Teheran and Gerrit Cole. All three could be available as the deadline approaches.

After Tuesday’s 7 player deal the Yankees now have a bullpen that includes David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle, Adam Warren, Dellin Betances, and Aroldis Chapman. This pen is legit folks.

They also filled a glaring hole at first base with the addition of New Jersey native Todd Frazier. That’s just the cherry on top in my opinion. And they got rid of struggling reliever Tyler Clippard… Make that two cherries.

This deal could be the boost that the Bronx Bombers needed to get them back on track.