Yankees set sights on pair of White Sox trade pieces
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