Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Robertson, Frazier, Kahnle Are Coming to the Bronx

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Robertson, Frazier, Kahnle Are Coming to the Bronx

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MINNEAPOLIS - A reunion between the Yankees and closer David Robertson was agreed upon Tuesday night and D-Rob was bringing some high-profile friends along from Chicago.

During the Yankees' 6-3 comeback win against the Twins at Target Field, the Yankees and White Sox hammered out a mega-deal to send slugging third baseman Todd Frazier and relievers Tommy Kahnle and Robertson to the Bronx.

After the game, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he'd already spoken to reliever Tyler Clippard, headed to Chicago along with minor leaguers Blake Rutherford, Ian Clarkin and Tito Polo. The White Sox, who made Frazier a healthy scratch from their game with the Dodgers, officially announced the trade on Twitter.

To a room full of Yankees, this trade "should tell them, 'Hey, we're in this,' " Girardi said. "And we need to continue to play and play hard and play better than what we've done. But it should be a pick-me-up in there."

A Toms River native who attended Rutgers, Frazier could be eyed as a first baseman, to supplement the next-to-nothing production the Yankees have received out of that position since Greg Bird's early-season right ankle injury.

And the Yanks' bullpen will benefit greatly from the hard-throwing tandem of right-handers Robertson and Kahnle; already Joe Girardi's club has blown 18 save chances this year, two more than they'd blown in 2016.

"I think adding two arms like that could rally help out," Girardi said of Robertson and Kahnle. "Guys roles might change in a sense, but those are two power arms that have strikeout stuff adding to what we've got."

The deal would also be a double strike against the rival, first-place Red Sox, who were said to be hotly pursuing Frazier as a third base upgrade after releasing Pablo Sandoval last week. Boston was also seeking a bullpen boost. On the field, the Yankees (48-44) overcame a rough start by Luis Cessa, who lasted just 3.2 innings and put the Yanks in a 3-1 deficit before they came back against Bartolo Colon. …

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