New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (75) looks on during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field.
By Joe Giglio
Here’s the latest example.
In a piece on Frazier’s demotion to the minor leagues, George King of theNew York Post spoke to talent evaluators who suggested Frazier’s best use for the Yankees could be part of a deal to land the White Sox ace.
More than one talent evaluator suggested Frazier’s best value to the Yankees might be part of a deal that would land White Sox lefty Jose Quintana.
The idea that more than one person inside baseball having that idea is, well, certainly worth talking about. Longtime MLB insider and expert Peter Gammons found the idea intriguing in a tweet on Saturday.
Although Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe painted the Yankees as a team unwilling to give up what it takes to land Quintana right now, things could change if general manager Brian Cashman thinks his team is a pitcher away from contention during the season.
Frazier, slated for Triple-A to start the season, was part of the return for Andrew Miller last summer. If the Yankees deal him for Quintana, it could be looked at as dealing Miller for Quintana–a deal most teams would likely make.
Since the start of 2013, Quintana is one of only seven pitchers in baseball to make 120 starts, toss 800 innings and post an ERA+ of 115 or better. The other six: Max Scherzer, Corey Kluber, Jon Lester, Madison Bumgarner, David Price and Cole Hamels.