Clint Frazier Talks About Ignoring Trade Rumors And The Yankees Exceeding Expectations

Joe & Evan
May 23, 2019 - 11:27 am
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By WFAN.com

Injuries threatened to derail the Yankees season, but the team hasn’t let that happen.

New York sits all alone in first place in the AL East despite being without a bunch of different key players at various points in the early months of this season.

Clint Frazier is one player who has had to step up in the wake of all the injury absences. The young outfielder has seen increased time on the field while the Yankees’ high-profile outfielders have been sidelined.

Frazier joined “Joe and Evan” on WFAN on Thursday to talk about his performances and the Yankees’ recent ascent to the top of the division. Frazier also spoke about how he deals with his name often being involved in trade rumors.

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“It doesn’t affect me. I think people are just bored,” Frazier said. “I think people just continue to use my name for some clickbait because they’re trying to get some views on a story. The narrative here has been that I’m kind of the wild child, the guy that people think is going against the grain at all times. That’s not me … It is kind of annoying that people have turned me into … the guy that’s supposed to get traded every time. I’m still here and I’m looking forward to being here for a long time if I get that opportunity.”

Frazier entered Thursday's action with eight home runs and 23 RBIs in 2019 thus far. 

There was an expectation that the Yankees would struggle with so many players out injured, but that hasn’t been the case. Frazier hasn’t been the only young player who has filled in admirably. Gio Urshela and Cameron Maybin have also deputized well while the big names like Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton have been unavailable.

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Frazier seemed quite pleased with the Yankees’ attitude and momentum as they continue to win despite the adversity that injuries bring.

“Dude, it’s awesome. Obviously, our clubhouse is as confident as they can be. We knew we had depth, but you don’t know what the depth is going to be like until it’s tested. And our guys have gone out there and we’ve performed way higher than the expectations of what people probably thought. Like I said, in this locker room we all know what we’re capable of. It was just a matter of putting it together and clicking on all cylinders, and right now we’re rolling.”

Click on the audio player above to listen to Clint Frazier's full interview with "Joe and Evan."

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