Report: Yankees close to acquiring Frazier, Robertson, Kahnle from White Sox


The New York Yankees appear to be on the verge of a blockbuster trade.

The club is close to acquiring third baseman Todd Frazier and relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle from the Chicago White Sox for prospects, a source told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Yankees outfield prospect Blake Rutherford, currently ranked by MLB as the club’s third-best and No. 30 among the top 100, is expected to be headed to Chicago in the deal, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports.

As part of the deal the White Sox would also receive left-handed pitching prospect and 2013 first round pick Ian Clarkin as well as reliever Tyler Clippard.

Trade speculation has run rampant on Tuesday, as Frazier was a late scratch from Chicago’s starting lineup and was later seen hugging his teammates in the dugout.

The Boston Red Sox have been heavily linked to Frazier in particular.

If the Yankees were to swoop in and make a deal of this magnitude, it would reunite Robertson in New York, as the closer spent seven years in pinstripes before joining the White Sox as a free agent in 2015.

Robertson, who will earn $13 million next season before becoming a free-agent in 2019, has performed to a 2.70 ERA this season with 13 saves and 47 strikeouts.

Kahnle, a Yankees draft pick from 2010, has been Chicago’s most efficient and surprisingly valuable reliever this season. In 37 games, he’s racked up an impressive 60 strikeouts, placing him fourth in the league among qualified relievers with a K/9 rate of 15. The 27-year-old is under team control until 2021.

Frazier has contributed in the power department with 16 home runs this season. Since 2014, the veteran third baseman has hit 120 home runs (.468 SLG) with the Cincinnati Reds and White Sox. He will be a free-agent at season’s end.

source: thescore

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