Cubs sign former Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier to 1-year deal
Clint Frazier’s tenure with the New York Yankees was marred by constant trade rumors and the inability of the ginger-haired slugger to force his way into the lineup. He spent five years with the Yankees, featuring in a total of 228 games across that span. His time with the club came to an end this offseason when the Yankees released the 27-year-old, making him a free agent.
The Cubs are closing in on a 1 yr deal with Clint Frazier, source tells ESPN. Was released by the Yankees recently.
— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) November 30, 2021
This seems like an ideal fit for Frazier, as the Cubs are in the midst of what could be a lengthy rebuild, meaning there should be plenty of opportunities for the outfielder to get at-bats. The deal is expected to be an MLB contract, so the Cubs likely see the former No. 5 overall pick as an immediate option for the outfield.
Last year Frazier featured in 66 games for the Yankees, but struggled mightily, recording a -1.4 WAR with a .633 OPS and five home runs. He missed significant time due to after experiencing blurred vision and dizziness, in what was initially believed to be vertigo.
As it currently stands, the only other outfielders on the Cubs’ roster are Ian Happ, Rafael Ortega, and Greg Deichmann, so Frazier will have a clear path to playing time when he joins the team.
Hopefully, the once highly-regarded prospect can get his MLB career back on track at Wrigley Field, where the team will likely have more patience when it comes to his development.