Yankees reportedly the favorites to land David Robertson

Hope Soto
July 20, 2017

They appear to be off limits, and NY might be out of the running for Oakland Athletics' starting pitcher Sonny Gray now that the team has dealt No.3 prospect Blake Rutherford to Chicago. Earlier tonight, it was reported by 670 The Score's Bruce Levine that the White Sox and Red Sox were close to a Robertson/ Frazier package, but 20 minutes after he reported that it was the Yankees that were even closer to a packaged deal involving Frazier, Robertson, and Kahnle. The White Sox announced it was a done deal shortly after their game with the Los Angeles Dodgers ended.

For weeks the Yankees have been in the market for help at first base as they've been operating under the notion they would not get Greg Bird back this season.

The New York Yankees had two major needs heading into the second half of the MLB season: a corner infielder and more pitching.

The Yankees acquired relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle along with Frazier Tuesday in exchange for pitcher Tyler Clippard and three prospects.

Traded to the White Sox in December of 2015, Frazier has yet to find his groove in the American League. While they had to give up a package of prospects that included prized outfielder Blake Rutherford to get the deal done, NY filled some considerable holes.

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The New York Yankees needed a third baseman, and they needed more bullpen depth. The Yankees gave up three prospects - Blake Rutherford, Ian Clarkin and Tito Polo - along with Clippard, an expensive reliever who's struggled of late.

The Yankees are giving up coveted minor leaguers in this deal; Clarkin was the 33rd pick of the 2013 amateur draft, right behind Aaron Judge. He is hitting.207 with 16 home runs and 44 RBI. If Rutherford turns into a good player for the White Sox, so be it. Robertson and Kahnle are both former Yankees and will both be key parts of the Yankees bullpen not only for the rest of 2017, but moving forward.

Robertson, 32, is in the third year of a four year contract that pays him $12 million this season and $13 million next. Despite some big home run totals in his past, he has posted a slightly above league average OPS the last two seasons.

In 2017, Kahnle has a 1-3 record with a 2.50 ERA in 36 innings pitched.

Rutherford rates as the 30th best prospect in baseball according to MLB.com (he is also in the top 50 according to Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus). But I'm more than willing to do whatever it is that they feel is better for the team.

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