Yankees: CC Sabathia torches Clint Frazier after ill-advised exit

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HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 13: CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees warms up before game two of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on October 13, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Once upon a time, New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier was expected to be the next big thing. Frazier was an up-and-coming prospect with a lightning-fast bat, presenting surprising power and solid athleticism. However, Frazier dealt with concussions symptoms and vision issues throughout his tenure in pinstripes, playing in a career-high 69 games back in 2019.

This past season with the Yankees, Frazier played in just 66 games, earning a .186 average, .317 slugging percentage, and a measly five homers and 15 RBIs.

General manager Brian Cashman made the tough decision to cut ties with Frazier after years of trying to rely on him as reserve and starting level player. His injury history forced Chasman’s hand. Frazier ended up landing with the Chicago Cubs on a one-year deal but took a few friendly shots at the Yankees on his way out.

Former Yankee CC Sabathia had a few harsh words to send in the way of Frazier, who received plenty of attention for his departure despite doing little to nothing for the team during his tenure.

“If I see another Clint Frazier story, bro, I’m gonna punch somebody in the f–king face,” he said on the R2C2 Podcast, per Audacy’s John Healy. “S–t is ridiculous. That kid played 15 games in the f–king big leagues. Get the f–k out of here with all these stupid ass f–king stories.”

Sabathia is known for his rather hostile approach these days, but Clint’s exit plan was a bit wayward considering the chances and opportunities the Yankees provided him with before signing a new deal with the Cubs. While Sabathia indicated he “hopes” Frazier bounced back with Chicago, the unwarranted shot Frazier took at his former team makes little sense.

The Yankees will now look ahead to replace him with either a prospect from their farm system or a free agent acquisition.