This coming July marks the fourth anniversary of the Yankees and Indians making a trade the former looked toward the future and the latter focused on the present.
Searching for bullpen help, the Tribe acquired lefty reliever Andrew Miller from the Yankees for outfielder Clint Frazier, lefty starter Justus Sheffield and right-handers Ben Heller and J.P. Feyereisen on July 31, 2016.
Miller, then 31, helped the Indians reach the World Series where they lost to the Cubs. At the time of the deal, the Yankees were excited about getting Frazier and Sheffield with thoughts of them developing into big league contributors.
Sheffield was used to get lefty James Paxton from the Mariners after the 2018 season and Frazier, for numerous reasons, hasn’t found traction in the big leagues in parts of three seasons.
Had this season started on March 26 there was a good chance the 25-year-old, who was the fifth pick in the 2013 draft by the Indians, would have not only made the Opening Day roster but likely be the starting left fielder with Giancarlo Stanton not expected to be ready because of a calf injury.