NEW YORK -- As the Yankees continue to seek upgrades to their 2018 roster, Brian Cashman has been peppered with trade requests for third baseman Miguel Andujar and outfielder Clint Frazier, the general manager said on Tuesday during an appearance with SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio.
The 23-year-old Frazier batted .231/.268/.448 with four homers and 17 RBIs in his first 39 big league games last season, but has been pushed farther down the organization's depth chart with the addition of reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton.
"I like to trade from an area of depth. I think anybody would," Cashman said. "The outfield happens to be an area of depth right now. Clearly, Clint Frazier is a very valuable, attractive asset from our perspective, but [for] other organizations as well. Whatever we do, we may do nothing and keep them all and let them compete here. We may make a trade at some point."
Frazier headlined the four-player package that the Yankees received from the Indians in July 2016 for left-handed reliever Andrew Miller. Frazier was lauded for what Cashman described at the time as "legendary" bat speed and he enjoyed immediate success after being promoted to the Majors on July 1, homering in his debut and raking six of his first seven hits for extra bases.
The Yankees have expressed interest in a number of pitching trade candidates, including the D-backs' Patrick Corbin and the Tigers' Michael Fulmer. They have also had contact with the Orioles regarding infielder Manny Machado, though no deal appears to be imminent.
"If we do make a trade, we're going to be very careful making that decision," Cashman said. "The control years of these players, even if they're kind of blocked here today as Clint Frazier happens to be, it doesn't mean they'll be blocked as we move forward. A lot of things can happen, whether it's injuries or another trade that can free something up elsewhere."
If the season started today, Andujar could very well be the Yankees' Opening Day third baseman. Rated as the team's No. 5 prospect by MLB Pipeline, Andujar posted a .315/.352/.498 slash line in 125 games last season between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Andujar, who turns 23 in March, notched four hits in seven big league at-bats (.571), going 3-for-4 with a double, four RBIs, a walk and a stolen base in his June 28 Major League debut against the White Sox in Chicago. Cashman said that the Yankees view Andujar mostly as a third baseman, though he could also play first base against tough left-handed pitchers.
"He's a very exciting talent," Cashman said. "One that's being insisted upon, it seems like, in every conversation I'm having with anything that's high-end out there. There's a recognition of Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar as the next level of guys right below Gleyber Torres and it's understandable why, with what these guys have done coming through our system."