Yankees Officially Cut Ties With Once-Promising Outfielder


He was once thought of as a key piece of the New York Yankees outfield of the future, but today, Clint Frazier is officially a free agent. He has been outright released by the Yankees, four days after being DFA'd, according to MLB insider Jon Heyman

In 2019 and 2020, Frazier showed plenty of promise for the Pinstripers, putting up 12 HR with a .489 Slugging % in just half a season in '19, then followed up with an even more impressive '20, notching a .905 OPS with a .511 slugging. 

The 27-year-old has been plagued by a number of injuries, ultimately cutting short his ability to truly catch on in New York. Yankees manager Aaron Boone lamented the situation Frazier has faced, but told Yahoo Sports that he still thinks Frazier has a major league future:

Big leagues is hard. Fortunately for him, his story’s not complete from a baseball standpoint. The bottom line for Clint is he’s a guy with a lot of ability and it’s just a matter of – obviously he’s dealt with some different injuries and things that have kept him on and off the field at different times. But I feel like if he gets the right opportunity and the right health, he still has an opportunity to write a really good career story. I certainly wish him well moving forward.

Serious vertigo-like symptoms kept him out of the Yankee lineup after June of this season. He batted just .186 before hitting the IL. 

It was just earlier this month that Frazier announced that his fiancee was starting a new health and wellness business, which has already contributed to a new healthier lifestyle which Frazier hopes will pave the way forward for him. 

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