Clint Frazier went from starting left fielder to nominee.
The Yankees’ attempt to rebuild their roster gained momentum on Friday, as they nominated Frazier and Tyler Wade for the assignment, as well as Rougned Odor.
They also traded Nick Nelson and Donny Sands to the Phillies in exchange for two minor leaguers.
Steps were taken ahead of the deadline to protect the Minor Leaguers from next month’s Rule 5 draft. The Yankees have added INF Oswaldo Cabrera, OF Everson Pereira, right-hangers Ron Marinaccio and Stephen Ridings and left-hander JP Sears to the 40-man roster.
It marks the end of a sharp fall for Frazier, who was the centerpiece of the deal that sent Andrew Miller to Cleveland in 2016.
General manager Brian Cashman praised Frazier’s “legendary bat speed”, but as the fifth overall pick in the 2013 Draft showed flashes of promise and seemed to erupt in 2020, he was derailed by health problems last season.
Frazier was named a starting outfielder last offseason before struggling at home plate in 21.
He had to deal with undisclosed health issues that resulted in dizziness and last played for the Yankees on June 30. A rehabilitation mission was cut short in August and Cashman said Thursday evening that Frazier was working at his home in Georgia, but could be ready in time. for spring training.
Wade, 26, had been with the organization since his draft in 2013 and had just completed a season in which he played a career-high 103 games, including a strong streak from late July to August, when he had a 1,046 OPS in 49 plates. appearances in 18 games, as the Yankees faced injury and COVID issues.
The smell came from the Rangers just before opening day last season, with Texas receiving their full paycheck.
Nelson and Sands, a minor league receiver, moved to Philadelphia in exchange for INF minor league TJ Rumfield and southpaw Joel Valdez.
Rumfield, 21, spent last season with Low-A Clearwater after being drafted by the Phillies in the 12th round of last year’s entry draft.
Valdez, also 21, was signed to the Phillies in 2018 from the Dominican Republic and has just completed his first full professional season.
Nelson, who turns 26 next week, made the major league roster after spring training but struggled quickly and ended up with an 8.79 ERA – and 16 goals on balls – in 14 ⅓ innings in 11 appearances for the Yankees. He spent most of the season with Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre.
The 40-player additions include Cabrera, who is 22 and spent most of 2021 at Double-A Somerset, where he played second, third and shortstop before being transferred to the Triple -A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre. He punched well and showed some power on both sides of the plate.
Pereira, 20, finished the season with High-A Hudson Valley.
Ridings, 26, played five games for the Yankees in August.
Marinaccio is a right-hander who throws hard. The 26-year-old finished the season with SWB, while Sears is a southpaw who also pitched well at SWB.