Boomer Esiason: 'I Legitimately Feel Bad For' Clint Frazier

Young Outfielder Demoted After Yanks Trade For Encarnacion

Boomer and Gio
June 17, 2019 - 8:54 am

Does Edwin Encarnacion's arrival on the Yankees signal that Clint Frazier's days with the organization are numbered?

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The Yanks on Saturday night acquired Encarnacion, a three-time All-Star and the American League home run leader, from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor league pitcher Juan Then. To make room on the roster for Encarnacion, the Yankees optioned Frazier, who was hitting .283 with 11 home runs, to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Frazier, 24, was already the subject of much trade speculation before the Encarnacion deal.

"I'm thinking that's the end of Clint Frazier, and I'm sad about that," WFAN's Boomer Esiason said on Monday's "Boomer and Gio" show.

"It's almost an embarrassment of riches when it comes to home runs and home run hitters," Esiason continued. "What the Yankees need is what I thought Frazier gave them: some youthful exuberance, actually a contact hitter. I know he was a mess in the outfield, but he's a guy that obviously has to play every day. I feel bad for him. I really do. I legitimately feel bad for him, and I think maybe, just maybe, he becomes the trade chip now that the Yankees use to try to get themselves a top-line pitcher because that's exactly what they need."

Gregg Giannotti's, Esiason's co-host, said he likes the Encarnacion trade because it didn't cost the Yankees much.

Clint Frazier
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"Now, if Clint Frazier gets traded away for a guy like Madison Bumgarner and that helps you win a championship, then fine, that worked out," he said. "But if Clint Frazier is just thrown away for a guy who's going to be a middle-of-the-road starter that isn't going to upgrade your rotation that much, then yeah, I've got a problem with that.

"It (Saturday's trade) does keep Encarnacion away from the other contenders, and, oh by the way, I don't think it's a bad thing to be great just about everywhere and have a back-up plan offensively just in case this injury-riddled season takes another turn and another one of these guys go down," Gio added.

To listen to the open from Monday's show, click on the audio player above.

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