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San Francisco Giants: Building a trade with the New York Yankees

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 13: Manager Bruce Bochy #15 of the San Francisco Giants takes the ball from pitcher Madison Bumgarner #40 taking Bumgarner out of the game against the Colorado Rockies in the top of the eighth inning at Oracle Park on April 13, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 13: Manager Bruce Bochy #15 of the San Francisco Giants takes the ball from pitcher Madison Bumgarner #40 taking Bumgarner out of the game against the Colorado Rockies in the top of the eighth inning at Oracle Park on April 13, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – JULY 28: Clint Frazier #77 of the New York Yankees connects on a 3-run home run in the fifth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on July 28, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – JULY 28: Clint Frazier #77 of the New York Yankees connects on a 3-run home run in the fifth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on July 28, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /

Without team control beyond the 2019 season, Madison Bumgarner is not going to bring back one of the best prospects in baseball.

That being said, the Yankees no longer have any of the top 50 prospects in baseball. The best of the bunch is outfielder Estevan Florial, who ranks No. 65 on FanGraphs list, and the Yankees have been adamant about holding onto him in the past.

What the Yankees do have that most other teams won’t is an MLB-ready corner outfielder in Clint Fraizer.

Once a perennial top 100 prospect, Frazier remains a well-regarded young player. Injuries have opened up more playing time for him this season, but he is still blocked going forward by the star-studded trio of Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, and Giancarlo Stanton.

While his .307 on-base percentage this year leaves something to be desired, Frazier sports a 117 OPS+ with nine home runs—which would be a team-high on the Giants—in 142 plate appearances.

He’s also an above-average defender at the corner outfield spots who is serviceable in center field.

Frazier may be the best centerpiece any team will offer for Bumgarner. He can immediately step into a corner outfield spot and offer right-handed power to the San Francisco Giants lineup.

Bringing back a piece like Fraizer who is ready to contribute immediately could also go a long way toward limiting the fan backlash that a Bumgarner trade will undoubtedly be met with this summer.

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