Clint Frazier’s demotion could end up with a trade

Last weekend, the New York Yankees acquired Edwin Encarnacion in a trade with the Seattle Mariners. On Sunday night, the Yankees then optioned outfielder Clint Frazier to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre.

Frazier was surprised that he got demoted. “It’s a tough pill to swallow, yeah,” he told Coley Harvey of ESPN. “It’s never fun, especially with how much I felt like I’ve contributed to this team this year.”

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that telling Frazier about the demotion was difficult.

“Very [difficult],” Boone told Russell Dorsey of MLB.com. “He’s played a big role on a winning team and that doesn’t necessarily stop now. This is where we’re at with our roster situation. Obviously, tough news to deliver, but hopefully he can make the most of it and use it to get better at his craft.”

This season Frazier is hitting .283/.330/.513 with 11 home runs and a .843 OPS. He’s been playing great this year and probably shouldn’t have been sent down.

Encarnacion will probably be the DH for the Yankees, which means that Luke Voit will still play first base and DJ LeMahieu could get more time playing third base, where Gio Urshela has been playing, according to George A. King III of the New York Post. Giancarlo Stanton could get activated from the injured list on Tuesday and Aaron Judge could also return this week. When Stanton returns he will play left field, which is where Brett Gardner has been playing.

LeMahieu, Urshela, and Gardner would have been better players to send down than Frazier. Urshela has had a good season, but has struggled a little bit offensively lately.

So the question is why did they send Frazier down? One possible answer is they don’t want him anymore and are trying to trade him. The Yankees want to upgrade their rotation and they could trade Frazier to get a pitcher. However, the Yankees aren’t in a rush to trade Frazier, according to Andy Martino of SNY.

If the Yankees don’t want to trade Frazier, then he should go back to the majors soon. He has played good enough that he doesn’t deserve to be sent to the minors. However, if the Yankees don’t want Frazier anymore than the demotion might have been a good move.

Whether you agree with Frazier being demoted or not, one thing is absolutely clear: Clint Frazier’s future with the Yankees is uncertain.

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