The Yankees traded Chase Headley for a salary dump and financial flexibility but they’ve also created a situation where they could fill two needs in “one fell swoop.”
There is now a hole at third base to be filled but there is another need that has flown under the radar.
Who provides the leadership in the clubhouse? If C.C. Sabathia is re-signed, he could fill that role but the Yankees would be better served if they had some clubhouse leadership from an everyday player, especially with a neophyte manager who will need an “ally on the inside.”
Don’t think the Yankees didn’t take notice of Todd Frazier’s effect on the team when he was acquired from the White Sox last July. Remember, it was Frazier who spoke up first when Girardi held himself accountable in front of the team after his replay gaffe in game 2 of the ALDS. Frazier was also the one who started the “thumbs down” ritual after that now famous photo of the “thumbs down guy” went viral during the Yanks’ “homestand” at CitiField in September.
Frazier’s numbers weren’t impressive overall but he had some big hits in the post season. Add to that, his ability to play first gives the Yanks a nice right handed option at first base to spell Greg Bird on occasion.
I get a feeling that Frazier would offer the Yankees a “hometown discount.” and they’d be getting a lot of “bang for their buck.” The Yankees have reached out to Frazier’s agent. 3B prospect Miguel Andujar has reportedly improved defensively but will the Yankees commit to a pair of rookies (Gleyber Torres at 2B) at two infield spots going into next season when one has seven major league at-bats and the other has none.
Speaking of Sabathia, NY Post Yankee beat writer George King reported the left hander met with the Blue Jays. Reportedly, the Angels were also showing interest. I can’t believe Sabathia would go to Toronto. California is not out of the question but it could be Sabathia’s camp is trying to gain some leverage in talks with the Yankees.