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The Yankees should bring Todd Frazier back


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Acquiring Todd Frazier at the 2017 trade deadline paid off for the Yankees. Should they try to bring him back next year?
 
Last season, Todd Frazier and the Yankees needed each other. When the Yankees traded for Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle from the White Sox, New York was struggling and they were looking to shake things up and create a spark. The trade did just that and the Yankees were able to reach the postseason for the first time in two years. 
 
Frazier is a free agent now and the Yankees will have an interesting decision to make because Chase Headley is under contract for next season and their infield is crowded. When New York acquired Frazier, they simply moved Headley to first base because Greg Bird was on the disabled list. Bird eventually came back and shined in the postseason, so he'll probably be the starting first baseman in 2018 and Headley has to go back to third. 
 
So what should the Yankees do with Todd Frazier? Here are some reasons why they have to bring him back.
 
 
Leadership
The World Series champion Astros showed what can be accomplished when a team mixes young players and veterans in their roster. Having Frazier back will help the Yankees do the same.
 
Designated hitter Matt Holliday is not expected to return after missing most of the second half of the season but his impact on the Yankees can't be denied. Holliday helped mentor Aaron Judge and Frazier can do the same with the team's younger players.
 
The Yankees are just getting started with their youth movement, as Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar and Justus Sheffield are all expected to make the big league roster soon. Having someone like Todd Frazier can really help develop young players, especially those who play the infield. Frazier has always been known for his defense and he can be a positive influence on Torres and Andujar. 
 
New York might want to start Torres or Andujar at third but they will have an opening at DH and Frazier can fill that need for them. When healthy, Frazier can hit at least 25 home runs and compete at a high level.
 
 
Chemistry 
Whether Todd Frazier returns or not, one thing is certain, his clubhouse presence will never be forgotten. Players who come over in a midseason trade usually have a hard time fitting in but Frazier felt part of the team since Day 1 and there were times when the Yankees rallied around him. 
 
Frazier was resposible for starting the team's popular Thumbs Down movement in September. The Yankees were playing the Rays at Citi Field and the YES Network broadcasters noticed a Mets fan in the stands with his thumbs down while Frazier hit a home run. A fan showed Frazier the clip on social media and he adopted it as a way to celebrate getting on base. The rest is history, as his celebration became a rallying cry for the team. Frazier brought the Yankees closer, the last player to do that for them was Nick Swisher and it's a role that every team needs to fill.  
 
Todd Frazier loved playing for the Yankees last season and the team loved having him. His return can help the Yankees continue their success next year.
 
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