The Yankees bullpen has been the biggest problem spot for the team this year so it isn’t surprising to hear Jon Heyman, blogger for FanRagSports.com, reporting that they scouted the White Sox over the weekend and have some interest in reliever David Robertson.
Heyman reported that while the Yankees are primarily interested in Robertson, they may have been scouting third baseman Todd Frazier as well. Heyman added that the Yankees are more interested in upgrading at first base rather than third, but the Bombers could see Frazier fitting into that position instead of third.
D-Rob, of course, pitched for the Yankees from 2008 through 2014 with a career 150 ERA+ in 393.1 innings in Pinstripes. He hasn’t had quite the same success in Chicago, however, he is having his strongest season in the Windy City yet — a 2.70 ERA, a 12.7 K/9 and a 3.0 BB/9 over 33.1 innings.
Frazier, who has played 94 games at first base in parts of seven seasons in the majors, has only been slightly better than league average over the last two years. This season, he has a .207/.328/.432 line in 81 games.
Rob’s thoughts: It’s hard to see the Yankees giving up much for Frazier since he isn’t especially good. He’s also been tied to the Red Sox in trade rumors for some time now so I don’t see this happening at all.
As for D-Rob, well, that’s a little more likely since the Yankees are desperate for bullpen help at the moment. The cost for Robertson will be high which makes me think that GM Brian Cashman will hesitate here. While the temptation to go for it is always present for the Yankees, they are still in the middle of a rebuild and they look likely to hold on to their top prospects which may cost them an opportunity to actually land Robertson.