Yankees release outfielder Clint Frazier and Venezuelan infielder Rougned Odor

Yankees release outfielder Clint Frazier and Venezuelan infielder Rougned Odor

NEW YORK – Outfielder Clint Frazier and infielder Rougned Odor were released by the New York Yankees on Tuesday after they were designated for assignment four days ago and went unclaimed in waivers.

The 27-year-old Frazier was the fifth overall pick in the 2013 Cleveland Guardians amateur draft and was a prized prospect when he was acquired by the Yankees in a July 2016 trade that sent reliever Andrew Miller to the then Indians.

Frazier made his major league debut in July 2017, but the outfielder has never had more than 246 plate appearances in one season. His 2018 season was ruined when he hit an outfield wall in Bradenton, Florida, during a spring training game, suffering a concussion that limited him to 41 plate appearances that season.

He hit .267 with 12 homers and 38 RBIs in 2019, but struggled with defense, reaching a low point against the Boston Red Sox in June when he played poorly at hits by Eduardo Núñez, Andrew Benintendi and Michael Chavis.

His defense improved a lot this season, but he hit .186 with five home runs and 15 RBIs. He did not play after June 30 due to what the Yankees described as symptoms of vertigo.

“I would love the opportunity to speak publicly about this situation and I probably plan to do so soon,” Frazier wrote on Twitter on October 11. “My issues have been very personal to me and something I wanted to handle. In private, but a lot of inaccurate things have been reported about my injury that I will clarify.”

Frazier had a salary of $ 2.1 million last season and had been eligible for arbitration.

Odor hit .202 with 15 home runs and 39 RBIs in 322 at-bats.

Odor had a salary of $ 12 million for 2022. As part of his April trade from Texas Rangers, the Yankees are responsible only for next year’s league minimum wage and the Rangers are responsible for the remainder plus a $ 3 million purchase of their 2023 option.

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