UPDATE: As of 12:10 a.m. EST, the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Yankees and White Sox have agreed to a deal that will send Todd Frazier and David Robertson to New York.
There have been talks ongoing for weeks surrounding Chicago White Sox 1B/3B Todd Frazier, and they are at a boiling point now. Earlier on Tuesday, there were reports that the Boston Red Sox were on the verge of signing Frazier and closer David Robertson.
But time has changed the outcome of that scenario, and the Red Sox biggest rival is swooping in to snatch both players out of the helpless peasant’s hands. And the kings of New York are about to pull off one of the biggest moves over their rivals.
Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported a couple of days ago that Frazier going to Boston “seems almost inevitable,” but that word choice seems to have thrown fans into a frenzy.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 15, 2017
Baseball fans are an excitable bunch this time of year, and this season is at a fever pitch with the amount of teams that are within striking distance of a playoff spot. Throw in the fact that the Red Sox and Yankees hate each other so much, and this potential White Sox coup by the Yankees is sure to anger the entire New England area.
Reports have started to swirl that the Yankees are close to a deal for Frazier, Robertson and relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle. And Chicago media is ready to wave the white flag in terms of the White Sox 2017 season.
But, what gets lost in all the rumors and players being healthy scratches during trade talks is the players involved. Robertson didn’t know how to respond to the questions tonight, either.
“I’m still here. That’s all I got,’’ Robertson said before taking the field to stretch and shag batting practice fly balls before the Sox played the Dodgers Tuesday at Guaranteed Rate Field, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Frazier, on the other hand, let it be known how he felt about all of the trade talk.
“It’s whatever. It doesn’t really bother me,’’ Frazier said. “It’s just one of those things, like it’s ongoing. It goes on for a while until really something happens.’’
“You wish everything could go in a simple manner and go as quickly as possible or just say it’s not going to happen,’’ he said. “Right now we are not at that point.’’
“It’s just like going out there playing. You don’t get any hits, it’s like what do I have to do to improve. I’ve got to figure something out. It’s just like being traded. You don’t know who is watching. They say there are scouts there. They say people are wondering what’s going on,’’ via Chicago Sun-Times.
The Yankees need to make a move like this because of their sudden need for bullpen help. And adding a player like Frazier is a move that teams make to add momentum to their playoff run.
Both players are great answers to problems that need to be addressed, but fans should enjoy the battle between heated rivals. And that is the beauty of this part of the MLB season, as long as Red Sox or Yankees fandom isn’t involved.