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Blake Rutherford with the Charleston RiverDogs (Jerry Coli)

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Yankees Trade Rutherford, Clarkin, Polo to White Sox

The New York Yankees have agreed to acquire Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Blake Rutherford, Ian Clarkin, Tito Polo, and Tyler Clippard.

Frazier, 31, is slashing .207/.328/.432 with 16 home runs, and 44 RBIs this season for the White Sox. He is set to become a free agent this offseason. The Boston Red Sox were rumored to be interested in Frazier, so the deal not only upgrades the Yankees’ roster, but blocks a potential upgrade for the first-place division rival. It has not been reported if the Toms River, New Jersey native will spell Chase Headley at third base or will see his primary playing time at first base.

Robertson, 32, is set to begin his second stint with the Yankees organization. He is a product of the Yankees’ farm system, and spent 2008-14 in the Bronx. David owns a 2.70 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and .176 batting average against. With Aroldis Chapman on the roster, Robertson was certainly acquired to pair with Dellin Betances as set-up men, even though he is 13 for 14 in save opportunities this season. The Birmingham, Alabama native signed a four-year, $46MM contract prior to the 2015 season, which means he is in the third season of the pact and is still owed $17.92MM.

 

Kahnle, 27, was also a product of the Yankees’ farm system and is the most controllable piece in this trade. He was a fifth-round draft pick back in the 2010 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft. In 37 games for Chicago (AL), Kahnle has pitched to a 2.50 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and a 1-3 record. He owns a 15.0 K/9 rate and 41.1 ground ball percentage, stats that bode well for his transition into New York’s bullpen.

Rutherford and Clarkin were both first round selections in the MLB First-Year Player Draft out of California in 2016 and 2013, respectfully. Rutherford was ranked as the Yankees third best prospect by MLB.com, while Clarkin was ranked 19th.

Rutherford was slashing .281/.342/.391 with two home runs and 30 RBIs for the Charleston RiverDogs (Single-A) in 2017. To view a recent scouting report on Rutherford, please click here.

Ian Clarkin with the Tampa Yankees (Bryan Green)

In 15 games this season, Clarkin was pitching to a 4-5 record with a 2.62 ERA for the Tampa Yankees (Single-A Advanced). To learn more about Clarkin, please click here to view his player profile.

Polo was batting .307 with five home runs, seven triples, 14 doubles, 37 RBIs and 27 stolen bases for the Trenton Thunder (Double-A) and Tampa Yankees this year so far.

Trenton Thunder’s Tito Polo against the Reading Fightin Phils in Trenton on July 4, 2017. (Martin Griff)

Clippard, 32, has pitched to a 1-5 record and a 4.95 ERA across 36.1 innings for the big league club this season. According to MLB Trade Rumors he is owed approximately $2.5 million this season, so the inclusion of him in the trade will offset about one quarter of the added salaries from Frazier and Robertson for New York.

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