The New York Yankees arguably have the deepest outfield in the game. Between two candidates that could easily find themselves as top five finalists for the Most Valuable Player award this year in Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton to go with Aaron Hicks, Jacoby Ellsbury and the Yankees’ current longest tenure player in Brett Gardner. Even with the designated hitter spot to help alleviate the surplus of Yankee outfielders, it is still too crowded for the young Clint Frazier, a first round draft pick back in 2013.

As of right now, Frazier does not have a spot on the Yankees’ 25-man roster for Opening Day. Frazier appeared in 39 Games with the Major League club in 2017, plus his minor league numbers were not very impressive. His best season in the Minor Leagues was his 2015 season in high-A when he posted an OPS of .842. However, he still possesses the raw talent to be a quality Major League player one day. It just does not seem likely he will get that opportunity to prove that in 2018; at least not on the New York Yankees.

Frazier for the time being is trade bait, and it does not seem likely that he will be much more than that until the Yankees make room for him. The Yankees are stuck with Jacoby Ellsbury through 2020, and in that case, will most likely not use the club option for 2021. The Yankees will be much more optimistic about trading him if he is able to stay healthy and be productive off the bench this season.

Brett Gardner is entering the final year of his contract, and assuming the Yankees do not take his club option for 2019, Frazier should have a spot on the roster by next year. He would then have to wait out an additional year for Aaron Hicks’ contract to be up to secure a spot in the starting lineup. Frazier will most likely start the season in Triple-A, but with the long season there is bound to be at least one stint on the disabled list that will make room for him to get some plate appearances in the big leagues.

So, really what can the Yankees do this year in terms of their outfield situation? Wait it out and see what they get out of Ellsbury. Also, at the same time they should listen to offers involving Clint Frazier. If the Yankees keep Frazier, he will most likely have a spot on the 25-man roster for Opening Day in 2019 and could eventually finesse his way as an everyday player. For Frazier’s sake, he will have to wait it out too. An extra year in the minors may not be the worst thing for him right now, either.

Trading Frazier also opens the door for many possibilities; perhaps another starting pitcher or the possibility of signing Bryce Harper next offseason. As much as the baseball world misconceives that will happen anyway, it does not seem all that likely.

To sum it up, Frazier does have a potential future with the New York Yankees. He will just have to wait until 2019.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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