Yankees rejection Clint Frazier decides future after allowing waivers after DFA by Cubs
TORONTO – Former Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier has chosen to take his mostly untapped talents and baggage to the land of the cornfields.
A week after being designated for assignment by the Chicago Cubs, Frazier opted to stay with the organization playing for Triple-A Iowa as an unregistered player rather than become a free agent.
Apparently no one was willing to sign the oft-injured and controversial redhead to be on their list of greats.
Frazier made his decision Friday after the Yankees and 28 other clubs added him as a waiver request.
The past week has surely been frustrating, humiliating and embarrassing for Frazier, who was DFAed by the Cubs on June 10 while in the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium preparing for his first game against his former team.
The DFA news also came a day after Frazier took more hits against the Yankees for having an appearance policy.
“You had to be a cookie-cutter version to make this (Yankees) team,” Frazier told the Chicago Sun-Times. “If not, then you were like a really bad distraction, it seemed. So I don’t miss people telling me how I must have been looking for the last five years.
Frazier hit .216 with an RBI in 19 games with the Cubs, 15 as a starter. He also spent nearly a month on the disabled list recovering from an appendectomy. He played eight rehab games with Iowa, batting .148 with four hits and two RBIs in 27 at-bats.
Frazier, 27, signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Cubs on Nov. 30. He had been released a week earlier by the Yankees, who initially had him DFA to free up a 40-man berth.
For the Yankees, he hit .239 with 29 home runs and 97 RBIs in 707 at-bats in 228 games from 2017-21. Last year, he batted .186 with five home runs and 15 RBIs in 66 games, suffering a season-ending injury in August that the Yankees called giddy.
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