Scout weighs in on what’s next for Yankees’ DFAs Clint Frazier, Rougned Odor, Tyler Wade

The New York Yankees stuck with outfielder Clint Frazier when he ran his mouth and didn’t want to cut his hair. They stuck with the Yankees outfielder when his outfield play was awful and when his colleagues had to publicly answer for his terrible Baseball defense on Sunday night because he didn’t want to talk to the media.

The team and stuck with him through the injuries, the slumps, and immaturity.

After all of that support, he was the Yankees’ Opening Day left fielder in April because the club felt the redhead with the acclaimed legendary bat speed who was drafted ahead of right fielder Aaron Judge was set to take off.

He stunk for over three months, went to the IL on the 1st of July with dizziness, and never came back. Meantime, the New York Yankees addressed left field for 2021 and 2022 through late summer transfer for Joey Gallo, a 2-time All-Star and winner of 2020 Gold Glove award who only fell short this term of hitting 40 home runs for the third time.

And now he is only about two feet out of the doors of the Yankees with Friday’s designated for an assignment that appears to lead to a trade or waivers in the coming week.

Because this was a trade deadline day to add expectations who are suitable for this season’s Rule 5 draft to the 40-man list, Rougned Odor and Tyler Wade also were nominated for assignment.

These were bold decisions by the General Manager of the New York Yankees Brian Cashman, who also transacted reliever Nick Nelson and catching Donny Sands to the Phillies for two young minor leaguers who don’t require 40-man roster protection just yet, first baseman T.J. Rumfield and Dominican Joe Valdez, and seem to be pleased with this arrangement.

Left-hander JP Sears, hard-throwing 6-foot-8 reliever Stephen Ridings, Righty bullpen piece Ron Marinaccio, Center fielder Everson Pereira, Switch-hitting infielder Oswaldo Cabrera are some of the youngsters that the franchise valued more than Wade, Odor, and Frazier.

A Major League scout who closely follows the Yankees’ big-league club and farm system said, "I like what they protected I like all five of the prospects more than the guys they took off the roster. They’re not losing anything with Frazier and Odor. I am a little surprised about Wade."

All three DFAs might be traded, signed by another club-off waiver, or released by next week. A fourth alternative that’s highly not likely is an outright to the New York Yankees minor leagues as a non-roster member of the team.

A scout said, "Somebody is going to gamble on Frazier, but I wouldn’t want him on my team, I know other clubs feel the same. I really worry about his makeup. I wouldn’t say it’s as bad as it was, but people always remember.

"I don’t think there’s much trade value here. Frazier has the ability, but he’s up and down. And this guy has been in concussion protocol how many times? For a lot of reasons, it was time for the Yankees to move on."

The odor was nominated even though he’s a 27-year-old infielder with great left-handed power including a $12-million salary for next year (2022) and a $3-million release clause for the following year (2023) that will be paid all by the Texas Rangers.

The scout predicted, "That tells you the Yankees think they’re going to get a shortstop, and if they pony up the money it’ll probably be Corey Seager."

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