New York Yankees Acquire David Robertson, Todd Frazier and Tommy Kahnle

Chicago White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier

Chicago White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier

Frazier stayed in the White Sox dugout for nearly the entire 1-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers save for several trips to the clubhouse.

A first-round pick of the Yankees in 2016, Rutherford is considered one of the top prospects in the organization. Or how about NY matching the Tampa Bay model of offense, always remaining within striking distance thanks to a lineup that now has eight players with 10 home runs or more. Hopefully for the Yankees, this changes with him now hitting in the Bronx.

Todd Frazier was the name, but he ultimately wasn't the story.

But the trade Brian Cashman made for Todd Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle last night makes things a bit more interesting than it has been for some time. At nearly 28 years old, Kahnle appears to be a late bloomer, but it's worth noting that he spent his first two Major League Baseball seasons pitching in Colorado, which pretty much speaks for itself. He's been solid in 2017, too, striking out 12.7 batters per nine innings, holding opponents to a.176 average - his best mark since that dominant 2011 campaign. Robertson and Kahnle are still good middle relief options that can put up dominating numbers in the other categories. Kahnle, a right-handed reliever, has a 2.50 E.R.A. over 36 innings in 37 appearances for the White Sox this season. While the Yankees need bullpen help - and Webb was a relatively fresh arm - he wasn't going to make the 'pen that much better, and his role with a Brewers bullpen that's suspect outside of closer Corey Knebel is to be seen.

NY is only three games behind Boston, and would be in the Wild Card game if the season ended today.

Clarkin was drafted in the first round, 33rd overall by the Yankees in 2013.

Boston will respond. They don't have as deep a farm system as the Yankees, but they have a better Major League team and a two game lead in the AL East (3.5 over the Yankees).

The move addresses a pair of New York's shortcomings while leaving the Red Sox to deal with a slightly more picked-over pool. 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.

The immediate problem facing Girardi, though, is to rearrange his bullpen to accommodate the addition of Robertson and Kahnle that allows for a blend with Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman. Chase Headley continues to do a credible job there, but his lack of power this year makes Frazier a likely insert into the Yankees lineup when Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge, or Clint Frazier is being rested.

The centerpiece of this deal is certainly 20-year-old Blake Rutherford.

It was a near-perfect July trade, and it's one that sets up NY for success.

So, what now for these Red Sox?

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