Yan­kees set sights on pair of White Sox trade pieces

New York Post - - SPORTS - By GEORGE A. KING III and KEN DAVIDOFF

BOS­TON — While David Robert­son’s salary for next year is a draw­back and Todd Frazier would have to move from first to third, the Yan­kees have had eyes on the White Sox duo re­cently.

The Yan­kees haven’t sent in a spe­cial scout to gauge if Robert­son or Frazier is worth trad­ing for, but they have mon­i­tored the pair through standard cov­er­age. It is widely known the White Sox are in­ter­ested in mov­ing Robert­son and Frazier, who also has been linked to the Red Sox.

Robert­son, a for­mer Yan­kees closer, could strengthen the bullpen, but the $13 mil­lion he is owed in 2018 is viewed as a large hur­dle. How­ever, he would add depth to the late-game bullpen. He has con­verted 13 of 14 save chances this year and is 4-2 with a 2.78 ERA in 30 games.

Frazier, a 31-year-old Toms River, N.J., na­tive, is mak­ing $13 mil­lion this sea- son and will be a free agent af­ter it ends.

He has played 94 games at first base in his ca­reer and would pro­vide an up­grade at a po­si­tion that has been a night­mare for the Yan­kees this sea­son. In 80 games, Frazier is bat­ting .210 with 16 homers and 44 RBIs.

CC Sa­bathia threw six shutout in­nings and al­lowed two hits as the Yan­kees won Game 1 of their Sun­day dou­ble­header with the Red Sox. Sa­bathia sur­vived five walks by keep­ing the Red Sox hit­less in nine at-bats with run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion.

“To do what he did to­day is un­be­liev­able,” pitch­ing coach Larry Roth­schild said of Sa­bathia, who is 8-3 with a 3.54 ERA. “That is what sep­a­rates him.”

Gar­rett Cooper’s fifthin­ning dou­ble in Game 2 of the dou­ble­header was his first big league hit.

“You dream about it and to do it against a guy like David Price is the cherry on top,’’ said the first base­man, who went 1-for-3 in the Bombers’ 3-0 loss.

Michael Pineda, whom the Yan­kees med­i­cal staff has rec­om­mended for Tommy John surgery on his right el­bow, will get a se­cond opin­ion Mon­day from Dr. Ti­mothy Krem­chek.

Greg Bird has an ap­point­ment with Dr. Martin J. O’Mal­ley on Mon­day at the Hos­pi­tal for Spe­cial Surgery. Bird could be fac­ing surgery on the right an­kle that has kept him out since May 1.

Aaron Judge’s in­field sin­gle in the seventh in­ning of the first game ex­tended his streak of reach­ing base safely to 42 games. That streak ended with a 0for-4 in the night cap. Since play re­sumed Fri­day af­ter the All Star break, Judge is 1-for-18

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