The New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox are close to agreeing to a blockbuster trade that will send infielder Todd Frazier and relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to the Big Apple. The White Sox will add veteran reliever Tyler Clippard, prospects Blake Rutherford and Ian Clarkin. Bruce Levine of 670 The Score was first to report the deal was close.
Todd Frazier, 31, will most likely start over Chase Headley at the third base position for the Yankees. The two-time all-star is not having his best season this year. He is batting .207 with 16 HRs and 44 RBIs. Frazier is most likely a rental for the Yankees, as he will be a free agent at the season's end.
Robertson, 32, is a former Yankee. He will join a dominant bullpen featuring flame throwers Aroldis Chapman and Dellin Betances. It is unclear what Robertson's role will be, but it is safe to assume he will have a late inning position. This year Robertson has a 2.70 ERA and 13 saves.
Kahnle, 27, is having his best season of his four year career. He owns an ERA of 2.50 this season. Multiple teams were interested in him because of his dominant numbers out of the bullpen and the fact that he will not be a free agent until after the 2020 season.
Rutherford, 20, is currently playing low-A baseball. Many scouts and reporters claim the young outfielder is "prized" and could be a superstar in the future with the White Sox. In 274 at-bats in Low-A Charleston, Rutherford has a batting average of .281, with 2 HRs, 30 RBIs, and 20 doubles.
Clarkin, 22, is currently pitching for the High-A Tampa Yankees. In 13 starts this year, Clarkin has 2.69 ERA and a 4-4 win-loss record.
Clippard, 32, is not having a pretty season with the Yankees this year. The veteran reliever has posted a 4.95 ERA, with a 1-5 record in 40 relief appearances. The White Sox will probably use Clippard as their closer or set up man, now that Robertson and Kahnle are swapping sides with him.