The Yankees have acquired third baseman Todd Frazier, closer David Robertson, and pitcher Tommy Kahnle from the White Sox in exchange for Tyler Clippard, Ian Clarkin, 2016 first-round pick Blake Rutherford, and Tito Polo.
Frazier, 31, is hitting .207 with 16 home runs, 44 RBI, and 15 doubles in 81 games for the White Sox this season.
"It's kind of surreal here right now because it all happened at once and you hear the rumors, it could have been a different team, here and there," Frazier told reporters on Tuesday night. "But it's the Yankees so I'm pretty excited."
Robertson and Kahnle both have spent time in the Yankees organization. Robertson played for the Yankees from 2008 to 2014 before signing with the White Sox as a free agent, and Kahnle was drafted by the Yankees and was invited to the team's big-league spring training in 2013. He was drafted by the Rockies in 2013.
In 37 appearances for the White Sox this season, Kahnle is 1-3 with a 2.50 ERA. Robertson, 32, has tallied 13 saves and has a 2.70 ERA in 31 games for the White Sox this season.
In 71 games for Single-A Charleston, Rutherford is hitting .281 with two home runs, 20 doubles, and 30 RBI.
Clarkin, 22, was 4-5 with a 2.62 ERA in 15 games this season for Single-A Tampa. In 74 minor league games this season, Polo hit .307 with five home runs, 14 doubles, and 37 RBIs.
To NY and the @Yankees, I'm coming home and can't wait!- David Robertson (@DRob30) July 19, 2017
The Yankees needed to bolster their bullpen and in one fell swoop they handle it with two former organization relievers. As a bonus the Yankees add Frazier who will likely take over duties at first base.
Getting Robertson back (12.7 K/9) will once again make the Yankees backend of the bullpen one of the best in the game and if Kahnle (15.0 K/9) can translate his breakout this season to New York, they instantly shorten games in which they have a lead to six or seven innings on an almost daily basis when added to Chasen Shreve, Chad Green, Adam Warren, Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman.
Frazier has legit power (.225 ISO this season) and while he strikes out a good deal, he has been drawing a fair share of walks this season. His batting average (.207) is being hindered by an extremely low .214 batting average on balls in play. As a rental, Frazier seemingly will resolve the revolving door the Yankees have had at first base this season and not impede on the Yankees' plans for Greg Bird.
The Yankees dealing Rutherford is simply a matter of surplus in the outfield at the major league level and in the farm system. Rutherford is considered a toolsy player, but the reality is he is two years away at best and with guys like Estevan Florial closer to reaching the big leagues (and rated as a better prospect than Rutherford by some scouts) the team might have believed this was a deal they could afford to make.
Clarkin has battled injuries since being drafted by the Yankees, but has been solid this year at Single-A Tampa. Like Rutherford, Clarkin is years away from contributing.
As for Clippard, the deal to get him last season helped the team in 2016, but he was truly abysmal this season. He singlehandedly lost a few games for the Yankees during their terrible run leading up to the All-Star break.
Polo is a speedy outfielder who has stolen 26 bases between Single-A and Double-A, but is not among the higher ranking prospects in the system