Most Likely Trade Destinations for Yankees' Outfielder Clint Frazier
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Yankees 24-year-old outfielder Clint Frazier has been sent down to Triple-A in order to make room for the newly-acquired Edwin Encarnacion on the roster. This demotion is not a surprise, but it has been a common theme for the outfielder. While he has had success in the majors, with a career .793 OPS and a career-best .855 this season, he has been given limited opportunities because of how deep the Yankees are in the outfield, appearing in just 106 games. Because of this, the Yankees will be shopping him around the trade deadline, with their mind still set on acquiring starting pitching. These are three possible destinations for Frazier that would yield a starting pitcher.
1. San Francisco Giants
As stated above, the Yankees are looking to improve their starting pitching for a playoff push, and the best way to do that is by pursuing Madison Bumgarner. He's a World Series legend with proven playoff success. It also makes sense for the Giants to want Frazier, who has shown promise in his young career. They are light in the outfield and don't have a great farm system. He could be a guy they build around for a long time.
2. Toronto Blue Jays
With the Blue Jays sitting at 26-45 on the year, pitcher Marcus Stroman has expressed his irritation about losing. They will be looking to move the 28-year-old righty, who would be much more satisfied in New York. Stroman has 68 strikeouts with a 3.18 ERA in 87 2/3 innings pitched. It's always harder to do an inter-division trade, but the Yankees are in desperate need for pitching, which makes this one a possibility.
3. New York Mets
Sitting behind the Braves and Phillies in the NL East, the Mets look like sellers. Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler could both be on the trade block, though how willing the Yankees would be to give up Frazier for one of them is questionable given their inconsistencies and injuries. Syndergaard would likely be the primary target here, and the Mets could use some young outfield help as they transition away from the pitching core that led them to the World Series in 2015.
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