Clint Frazier has a new home.
The former hyped prospect and Yankees outfielder is closing in on a one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs, according to Jesse Rogers of ESPN.
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 majors without ever reaching his full potential.
The outfielder struggled in 2021, hitting 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 he does have a history with concussions.
Frazier was immensely hyped since arriving to the Yankees as the center piece in a trade with the Indians involving relief pitcher Andrew Miller in 2016.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman described Frazier as someone with “legendary bat speed,” but the prospect never fully lived up to expectations, struggling at the plate and in the field.
He appeared to have turned a corner in 2020, hitting eight home runs and 26 RBI 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.
Frazier still has controllable years through the 2025 season barring any changes to the collective bargaining agreement this winter.
He will 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 summer.