Heading into the 2017 season, the New York Yankees were not considered to be much of a threat to win the NL East Division. However, the Yankees ended up having a great start to the season and are now in competition with the Boston Red Sox. Much of this is due to the considerable success of rookie Aaron Judge, who is now considered to be a favorite to win the AL MVP award.
While the Yankees are about 3.5 games out of first place, they are now looking to make some moves to improve the team. This past week, the Yankees made a big trade that will help to improve their bullpen (http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york/yankees/post/_/id/96772/self-proclaimed-winners-yankees-believe-theyre-better-for-the-white-sox-trade). The Yankees announced that they had made a big trade with the Chicago White Sox. In this trade, the Yankees were able to acquire Dave Robertson, who is considered one of the top relief pitchers in the game. They also received Todd Frazier, who will likely be used as a utility infielder.
While the Yankees were able to get some good veteran players, they did not have to give up too much in return. The Yankees traded away Tyler Clippard and several prospects. However, none of the prospects were considered to be among the top in the organization. This then will help the Yankees today, but will not mortgage too much of their future.
The addition of Robertson should be a big one for the Yankees. While their offense has been a surprise, the Yankees have struggled to hold leads late in games. The team was able to sign Aroldis Chapman in the offseason, but he has not performed as well this year as he has in the past. The Yankees will likely be able to get more innings out of Robertson, which should provide some needed rest for Chapman.