New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier may be a fit in the outfield or as a designated hitter for the Colorado Rockies.
Before Monday’s trade deadline, the Colorado Rockies will likely be looking to buy in a few areas, including in their bullpen and some offensive help.
One player that would help on the latter friend would be New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier. Frazier, 25, doesn’t seem to have an everyday role in the Yankees lineup unless the Yankees have an outfielder on the injured list (and with Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, at least one of them is always on the IL).
As a result of being a former top prospect (he exceeded rookie status after the 2017 campaign but prior, MLB.com, Baseball Prospectus, and Baseball America all ranked him in their top 50 prospects with Baseball Prospectus ranking him the highest at #17), Matt Kelly of MLB.com believes that the Rockies are a good fit for a trade for Frazier.
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Frazier is hitting .297/.422/.649 with 3 home runs and 11 RBI with an OPS+ of 189 in 45 plate appearances. The biggest problem for the Rockies would be Frazier in the outfield as he is not a good defensive outfielder (he had -8 fDRS in just under 400 innings in 2019).
The Rockies also have their fair share of outfielders that don’t rank well in defensive metrics, like Charlie Blackmon and Raimel Tapia.
Both Blackmon and Tapia have been the Rockies’ most consistent bats, especially with Tapia in the last two weeks or so, as he is hitting .362/.464/.448 in his last 16 games. Since the Rockies haven’t had a consistent player in the DH spot and Matt Kemp has been struggling lately, Frazier could DH for the Rockies for this year and in the near future, since it looks like the designated hitter will be here to stay in the National League after 2020.
Depending on his service time in 2020, Frazier would likely be a free agent in 2025. Since the Rockies would get a lot of control on Frazier, it would take a lot to get him, and frankly, it’s highly unlikely that they will able to acquire Frazier in a deal by 2 p.m. (Mountain time) on Monday.
You can always hope and dream that the Rockies can pull off a bigger trade (like for Frazier) by tomorrow but, at least as of now, any big deal looks unlikely.