Toms River’s Todd Frazier comes home — Traded to Yankees in 7-player swap
It's been 19 years since Todd Frazier made news as a member of the Toms River team that won the 1998 World Series, but today he is coming back home. Frazier was dealt to the New York Yankees in a 7-player swap with the Chicago White Sox.
This is about as exciting a deal for Yankees fans as it gets. Not only does the deal fill a much-needed hole on offense for the Bronx Bombers but it brings a fan-favorite Jersey boy back home. In Frazier's major league career, he has played for the Cincinnati Reds and the White Sox, but now, he'll be playing in front of the hometown crowd.
The Yankees acquired Frazier, the two-time all star and formerHome Run Derby champion, along with former Yankee David Robertson and reliever Tommy Kahnle, for outfield prospect Blake Rutherford, minor league pitcher Ian Clarkin, outfielder Tito Polo and major league veteran reliever Tyler Clippard.
Frazier, after winning the Little League World Series with Toms River, was invited to stand on the field with the New York Yankees and was paired on the field next to legendary Captain Derek Jeter. Now, Frazier comes back home, to wear the pinstripes and stand on the field as a New York Yankee himself. Does a sports story get any better than that?
Townsquare Media's Kevin Williams was out in front of the news last night, keeping NJ sports fans updated. Kevin was busy posting on social media about the deal as rumors were swirling that Frazier was on his way to the Bronx.
The acquisition of Frazier, Robertson and Kahnle will be a major help as the Yankees are fighting for a playoff spot, currently 3.5 games back of the American League East-leading Boston Red Sox. The Yankees have been looking for a solution at first base all season and have found it in Frazier, who can play third or first.
We'll talk more about the Frazier trade and what it means as a fan, to have a homegrown player, play for your local team on the New Jersey Guys podcast.
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