The Yankees fixed a couple of problems with one trade

Red Sox protested game because they don't want Yankees to cheat in the future

The trade between the Yankees and White Sox works out well for both clubs. He was a fifth-round draft pick back in the 2010 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft. The Yankees gave away prospects to improve now, but having Kahnle around for the long run ensures they got something out of this even if 2017 ends without NY making the postseason.

Make no mistake about the big seven-player swap between the White Sox and Yankees on Tuesday night: The trade had no chance of getting done without Chicago receiving 20-year-old outfielder Blake Rutherford from NY. Over the past few days, pundits have talked about how Robertson would be a good fit for them, and how it "seems nearly inevitable" they would land Frazier in a trade with the Chicago White Sox. Big-league reliever Tyler Clippard is also reportedly in the deal, as is outfielder Tito Polo. Frazier can play first and third base, which is more important to the Yankees now that first baseman Greg Bird might be out the rest of the season. By taking the best third baseman and arguably the best available bullpen arm in Frazier and Robertson, the Yankees made a bold, ready-for-storyline-based-columns move in the zero-sum competition with Boston.

Kahnle is enjoying his best season of his four in the Major League Baseball, posting a 2.50 ERA with 60 strikeouts compared to just seven walks in his second season with the White Sox.

Bruce Levine of 670 The Score in Chicago was first to report a deal was close, with multiple national reporters later saying the same. The 20-year old is slashing.281/.342/.391 in 71 games in A-Ball.

The Yankees fixed a couple of problems with one trade
The Yankees fixed a couple of problems with one trade

The difference Tuesday in the seven-player swap with the White Sox was that Cashman addressed the Yanks' needs without mortgaging their future. He was only hitting.207 in 81 games but does have 16 home runs. Kahnle has been lights out for the White Sox this season, posting a 2.50 ERA and a 1.47 FIP in 37 relief appearances, according to FanGraphs. He is eligible to become a free agent after the season.

The deal gives the Yankees one thing they covet and one thing they need. While Yankees relievers' overall numbers on the year look pretty good, with a 3.22 FIP (3rd in MLB) and 4.8 fWAR (2nd in MLB), that belies the fact that their had been some struggling as of late. Todd has worn No. 21 for his entire career, but will switch to No. 29 as Yankee; No. 21 is not technically retired, but LaTroy Hawkins in 2008 is the only man to have worn it since Paul O'Neill retired in 2001.

Moncada, 22, will be recalled Wednesday from Triple-A Charlotte prior to Chicago's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.



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