The New York Yankees made an early push to aid their roster for a playoff run Tuesday night, acquiring infielder Todd Frazier and relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle from the Chicago White Sox for reliever Tyler Clippard and three prospects.
The Yankees currently hold the second American League wild-card spot and are close to the East Division-leading Boston Red Sox.
"It should tell them, 'Hey, we're in this,' and we need to continue to play and play hard and play better than we've done," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "But it should be a pick-me-up in there in a sense, like, 'Hey, there's a lot of people who believe in this club.'"
As the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline nears, the last-place White Sox made their second big trade in a week — last Thursday, they sent ace Jose Quintana to the crosstown Cubs for four minor leaguers.
Along with Clippard, the White Sox got left-handed pitcher Ian Clarkin and outfielders Blake Rutherford and Tito Polo.