(Audacy) Outfielder Clint Frazier has a new home.
A former hyped prospect and former Yankee, Frazier has agreed to join the Cubs on a one-year deal, according to Jesse Rogers of ESPN and other reports.
Frazier, 27, was released by the Yankees a week ago after a disappointing five seasons with the organization that saw him consistently shuffling between Triple-A and the big leagues without ever reaching his full potential.
He struggled in 2021 with a slash line of .186/.317/.317 in 66 games before missing the final three months of the season after experiencing vision and head issues. It’s unclear what was the root cause of those issues, although Frazier does have a history with concussions.
Frazier was immensely hyped after joining the Yankees as the centerpiece in a trade with the Indians involving reliever Andrew Miller going to Cleveland in 2016.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman described Frazier as someone with “legendary bat speed,” but he never fully lived up to expectations, struggling at the plate and in the field.
Frazier appeared to have turned a corner in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, recording eight home runs and 26 RBIs with a slash line of .267/.394/.511 in 39 games for a banged-up Yankees team before struggling again in 2021 and ultimately being released as the team traded for Joey Gallo.
Cleveland selected Frazier at No. 5 overall in the first round of the MLB amateur draft in 2013.
He'll get a chance to make a mark with the Cubs as they continue to rebuild after selling off key core pieces of their team last July.