The Clint Frazier era in New York could soon be coming to an end.
The Yankees are reportedly offering the 24-year-old outfielder in trade talks for both starting and relief pitchers, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.
Frazier proved he is capable of being an everyday hitter in the majors this season, batting a slash line of .283/.330/.843 with 11 home runs and 34 RBI in 209 plate appearances. But the Yankees have kept the outfielder in Triple-A since June 16 when he was optioned to make room for DH Edwin Encarnacion.
The Yankees have had several chances to bring Frazier back up to the ballclub, but have passed each time, opting with Mike Tauchman and Cameron Maybin instead. GM Brian Cashman reasoned it was for defensive reasons when they recalled Tauchman.
Frazier had several defensive lapses during his 53 games in the majors this year, and dodged the media after making multiple mistakes that factored into an 8-5 loss to the Red Sox on June 2.
The outfielder is still a valuable addition to any team looking to restock on young talent and would be the centerpiece of any deal for a starter or reliever.
The Yankees are desperate for pitching after another abysmal outing on Friday night, this time James Paxton, who allowed seven runs on nine hits in four innings against the Red Sox.
According to Passan, the Yankees could turn to adding another reliever to their already loaded bullpen if they cannot strike a deal for a starting pitcher.
Since being sent to Triple-A, Frazier is hitting .274/.336/.513 with five home runs and 13 RBI.