Clint Frazier already got bumped off the Yankees’ roster by the addition of first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion. Will the Yankees’ next step be to flip Frazier for a starting pitcher?
The Yankees’ weekend trade for Encarnacion from the Seattle Mariners seemed to set up the team’s lineup for the rest of the season. With Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton about to return from their respective injuries, Encarnacion will soon slot in with Luke Voit in a share of the first-base job, while the other can serve as designated hitter.
The Yankees’ biggest need to address is in the rotation, and with Frazieralready edged out, could the team use him to get a big arm like Madison Bumgarner of the San Fransisco Giants or Marcus Stroman of the Toronto Blue Jays? MLB analyst Jim Bowden thinks so:
So I am trying to do the math on this incredible acquisition of Edwin Encarnacion by the #Yankees and GM Brian Cashman. So if Encarnacion and Voit share 1B/DH then Judge Stanton play the corners, Hicks in CF, Gardner 4th OF....then Frazier gets Bumgarner or Stroman?— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) June 16, 2019