Former Red Todd Frazier traded to Yankees

New Jersey born and New Jersey bred, former Cincinnati Reds third baseman and fan favorite Todd Frazier was traded from the Chicago White Sox to the New York Yankees as part of a massive deal late Tuesday.

Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle were sent to New York in exchange for prospects Blake Rutherford, Ian Clarkin, Tito Polo and Tyler Clippard.

Frazier has been a regular third baseman his entire career, but is expected to play first for the Yankees, who have lost Greg Bird and Tyler Austin to injuries, and designated offseason signing Chris Carter for assignment twice.

Frazier came through the Reds system and is a former Dayton Dragon. The affable Frazier was a common site around Cincinnati and a fan favorite. He spent the first few years of his major league career behind Scott Rolen at third base, but took over the position once he retired.

He went on a memorable stretch where he was a top powerhitter in the National League and won the All-Star Home Run Derby in Cincinnati with a memorable performance that many consider one of the franchise’s biggest highlights of the last 20 years.

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