The word “process” has been completely stained here in Chicago because of the constant repetition of the word by former Bears GM Phil Emery and former head coach Marc Trestman. Considering their process led to building one of the worst group of Bears players we’ve seen in this city, it’s no wonder many treat that word as profanity when talking about sports in Chicago.
But, for lack of a better term, Rick Hahn is truly sticking to his process.
Last night he dealt Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to the Yankees for Blake Rutherford, Tyler Clippard, Ian Clarkin and Tito Polo. If there was any doubt about the White Sox having the best farm system in the Major Leagues, that was put to rest with this trade as Rutherford is considered a top 30 prospect.
From the Yankees perspective, I wouldn’t be surprised if Todd Frazier was the third piece in this deal. Meaning acquiring Robertson and Kahnle to bolster what is already a top bullpen for a playoff run is likely what they were after. Frazier solves a gap for them as well as he can slide in to either of the corner infield spots, but the two relievers join a cast that already includes Aroldis Chapman and Dellin Betances.
For the White Sox, they receive a prospect who has been described as a more athletic version of David Justice, who had possibly the prettiest left-handed swing ever from a player not named Ken Griffey Jr. With acquiring Rutherford, Hahn is sticking to his plan of gathering quality over quantity. Fewer players with potential elite talent over more players with a low ceiling.
Tyler Clippard who is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year and is basically coming on as a favor to the Yankees. Ian Clarkin and Tito Polo are both potential depth players currently in the minor leagues.