Shipped to rebuilding White Sox

Shipped to rebuilding White Sox

The Chicago White Sox are reportedly close to striking their second major deal of July.

NY will send outfield prospects Blake Rutherford and Tito Polo to Chicago. The Birmingham, Alabama native signed a four-year, $46MM contract prior to the 2015 season, which means he is in the third season of the pact and is still owed $17.92MM. Player movement is expected in the near future. Robertson has 13 saves, a 2.70 ERA and a.96 WHIP. He also has an incredible 42.6% strikeout rate paired with an impressive 5% walk rate. Not to mention, Hawkins did say the incident happened when Kahnle was a rookie, so it's possible the 27-year-old has grown up since then. The Yankees just made things a whole lot more interesting in the division, and uncomfortable for the Red Sox. He headlines this deal for us.

A first-round pick in the 2016 draft, Rutherford was hitting.281 in Single-A Charleston and was a South Atlantic League All-Star. While Clippard (and his 4.95 ERA, 4.97 FIP and 1.73 HR/9) was a straight salary dump to make room for Frazier and Robertson, the White Sox got one of the Yankees best prospects (in a very deep farm system) in the form of Rutherford. He joins infielder Yoán Moncada (1), outfielder Eloy Jiménez (8), right-hander Michael Kopech (11), outfielder Luis Robert (23), right-handers Lucas Giolito (28), Reynaldo López (36), Carson Fulmer (59) and Dylan Cease (63) and catcher Zack Collins (68) on the MLB.com Top 100 list. So this move could, in theory, put twice as much pressure on Boston. The Chicago White Sox wanted to continue their rebuilding process. Clarkin has pitched well at Advanced-A level this season and could be in line for a call up to Double-A soon.

Of course, that haul of impact players didn't come cheap. He has also found a bit of power recently, which is obviously exciting when it comes to his long-term projection. Todd has worn No. 21 for his entire career, but will switch to No. 29 as Yankee; No. 21 is not technically retired, but LaTroy Hawkins in 2008 is the only man to have worn it since Paul O'Neill retired in 2001. It was only 59 plate appearances but Polo has an exciting well-rounded skill set and is undoubtedly a prospect to keep an eye on.

The Yankees needed to address their bullpen struggles and corner infield issues in a trade. He has been pretty bad this season anyway.

Major League Baseball rumors have heated up regarding the Chicago White Sox.

"I think it's important to do what we can to make our team better", NY outfielder Brett Gardner said.

The Red Sox have been chasing a fix at third base basically since they traded away Travis Shaw for Tyler Thornburg in December. Packaging them together allowed them to get some legitimate prospect talent. Clarkin is young, yet has become a formidable force in the minor leagues.

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