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By at July 20, 2017 | 4:30 pm | Print


Nothing could make me happier than waking up Wednesday morning to find the Yankees traded Tyler Cliippard.

The Yankees acquired infielder Todd Frazier and right-handed pitchers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for right-handed pitcher Tyler Clippard, left-handed pitcher Ian Clarkin and outfielders Blake Rutherford and Tito Polo.

I have mixed feelings on Robertson. He can be sketchy sometimes, but he is a major upgrade from Clippard.

I believed the Red Sox would get Frazier, but they never pulled the trigger, Now the Yankees are set.

If they are going to make a run there are no more excuses.

Frazier hit .207/.328/.432 (58-for-280) with 41R, 15 doubles, 16HR, 44RBI and 48BB in 81 games for the White Sox in 2017, including 67 starts at third base, 12 at designated hitter and one at first base.

Robertson is 4-2 with a 2.70 ERA (33.1IP, 10ER) in 31 relief appearances with the White Sox this season, converting 13-of-14 save chances.

Kahnle is 1-3 with a 2.50 ERA (36.0IP, 10ER) and 60K.

The relief pitching has been bad, but I feel improvement coming. A long game against the Red Sox where no runs were given by the relievers showed promise.

It is time to put those horrible loses (18 blown saves this season) behind us and win some games.

The Bombers are only 3 1/2 games behind. The Red Sox are good, but not great. If the Yankees want to win the division, they need to make-up games quickly.

If the relief core plays well, can New York can still win it? What do you think?

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