Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar have returned to the Yankees in recent days. Their promotions were made to replace the team’s two best hitters, Aaron Judge and DJ LeMahieu. Thus, the immediate responsibility is to continue what began last season for this team and has continued so far this year — whoever steps in also steps up.
So far, so great for Frazier, who in his first three games produced five extra-base hits or as many as the season total for Gary Sanchez, one more than LeMahieu and two more than Gleyber Torres.
For Frazier and Andujar, though, there is a larger issue than helping the team win today — rebuilding value, if not for the Yankees, then for a club that might want to partner in a trade with the Yankees.
Neither player has the value within the industry that they did a few years ago. The Yankees, for example, refused to include Andujar in a package to Pittsburgh for Gerrit Cole. Andujar justified the decision by nearly winning the AL Rookie of the Year award. Though with 20-20 hindsight — perfect for the year 2020 — you wonder if the Yankees would have won one of the last two World Series if they had Cole.
The Yankees have insisted that Frazier…