On Friday, the New York Yankees designated Clint Frazier for assignment. Today, Cincinnati Reds GM Nick Krall should be calling Brian Cashman.
After removing Frazier from the 40-man roster, the Yankees will have a few days to work out a trade, release Frazier, or outright him to the minor leagues.
The Reds must go after former Yankees OF Clint Frazier.
This is a scenario where the Cincinnati Reds front office cannot just sit back and allow Clint Frazier to fall into their lap. They're going to have to be aggressive.
Unlike former Reds pitcher Wade Miley, there will be a trade market for Frazier.
Frazier is a former first-round pick who's fallen on hard times. The former Cleveland Indians' farmhand hit just .186 in 66 games for the Bronx Bombers in 2021.
Frazier is one year removed from hitting .267/.394/.511, with a wRC+ of 149, and 1.4 fWAR.
The Georgia native is still only 27 years old and has a career slugging percentage of .434.
Trading for Clint Frazier is not without risks.
Clint Frazier has had his share of ups and downs. That typically comes with the territory when a player is on the biggest stage in sports with the New York Yankees.
Frazier battled injuries last season, including a bout with vertigo. After watching Nick Senzel struggle over the years, Reds fans know all too well how that can affect a player.
Frazier is also a below-average fielder, and that's being kind. Frazier has -20 defensive runs saved over his career in the outfield.
The outfielder does have an above-average arm and above-average speed, so it's not as if Frazier is just a statue out in right field.
Let's not forget that Nick Castellanos did not have a good reputation as a defender either and posted -7 DRS in 2021.
According to MLB Trade Rumors, Clint Frazier will likely take home $2.4M in 2022 and will not enter free agency until after the 2024 season.
Trading for Frazier is a no-brainer for the Reds. It's a low-risk opportunity that could quickly fill the void left by Castellanos opting out of his contract with Cincinnati.
Honestly, a minor league player like Eric Yang, Leonardo Rivas, or Yan Contreras would probably be enough to snag Clint Frazier from the Yankees.