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Episode 8: Frazier Spinoff?

Jesse Spector

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Todd Frazier
Todd Frazier can't afford to sit around all winter waiting to see if he winds up back in pinstripes, but if he does wind up still available on a one-year deal, he still does make sense for the Yankees. (Photo by Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)

When the Yankees acquired Todd Frazier in the deal that brought David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to New York, the third baseman was seen as a rental, given that he was on his way to free agency and the Yankees still had Chase Headley. The fact that there’s even a chance Frazier could return, after the trade of Headley to the Padres, is then a bit of an upset, but it’s still unlikely to happen because Frazier wants a multi-year deal and the Yankees don’t want a multi-year commitment at third base when they have Miguel Andujar possibly ready now to be the major league third baseman, and a huge target on Manny Machado next winter.

What we know is that the Yankees are not done for the winter, whether that means figuring out how to get Frazier back in the fold for a year or otherwise — most notably, they’re still looking for one more starting pitcher, and still looking to dump Jacoby Ellsbury. But it appears that all of that business is going to be 2018 business, unless something dramatic happens over the weekend.

Some reading material, as referenced in the first segment of this episode…

Mike Mazzeo in the Daily News on the Yankees not being done for the winter

Brendan Kuty at NJ.com on Todd Frazier

To close out the abbreviated week of Locked On Yankees, we have a non-abbreviated edition of Mailbag Friday (including a little talk about Steamer Projections for the 2018 Yankees, which you may enjoy viewing), prefaced by a very important request to the Internet as a whole to please, please, please unearth the video of Tim Raines’ car commercial where he drove around in full Yankees uniform. Please. If this show serves one purpose, let it be to facilitate that miracle of modern advertising returning to light after 20-odd years away from us all.

Thank you for listening, have a happy and safe New Year’s celebration, and look forward to this website becoming more than just a landing page for the podcast in 2018. Meanwhile, go to your Twitter machine and follow @LockedOnYankees — thanks!

Jesse Spector is a national columnist for FanRag Sports, based in New York. The host of "Jesse Spector Is..." on Tampa Bay Lightning Power Play Radio, Jesse is the former national baseball writer and national hockey writer for Sporting News. Before that, he was the Rangers beat writer for the New York Daily News, and the writer of the Touching Base baseball blog. Jesse also has written for Newsday, Baseball America, ESPN SportsTicker, and The Associated Press.

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