Yankees acquire Todd Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle from White Sox

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Update #4 (12:06 AM ET): The deal is official. The Yankees get Frazier, Robertson, and Kahnle. Along with Clippard, Rutherford, and Clarkin, the White Sox will also receive Tito Polo. Polo, 22, originally signed with the Pirates as an international free agent in March 2012. The Pirates sent him to the Yankees in the Ivan Nova trade last August. Polo spent 59 games with High-A Tampa before being promoted to Double-A Trenton this season. With Trenton, he hit .365/.431/.519 in 13 games.

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Update #3 (10:30 PM ET): Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that if the deal is finalized, minor league pitcher Ian Clarkin will also be included. Clarkin 22, was selected in the first round (33rd overall) by the Yankees in the 2013 draft. This year with High-A Tampa, the lefty has a 2.61 ERA and a 57/25 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings. Clarkin is the Yankees’ No. 19 prospect, per MLB Pipeline.

MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that reliever Tyler Clippard will go from the Yankees to the White Sox in the deal. Clippard, 32, has a 4.95 ERA with a 42/19 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings this year.

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Update #2 (10:10 PM ET): Outfielder Blake Rutherford is one of the players heading to the White Sox, per Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports. Rutherford, 20, was taken by the Yankees in the first round (18th overall) in the 2016 draft. This season, with Single-A Charleston, Rutherford has hit .281/.342/.391 with 20 doubles, 30 RBI, and 41 runs scored in 304 plate appearances. He’s the Yankees’ No. 3 prospect and the No. 30 prospect in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline.

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Update (8:51 PM ET): Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports that the Yankees are the closest to striking a deal with the White Sox. And not only would Frazier and Robertson be involved, but reliever Tommy Kahnle would be, too.

Kahnle, 27, has a 2.50 ERA and a dominant 60/7 K/BB ratio in 36 innings of relief this season. He’ll be eligible for arbitration for the first time after the season and will be under team control through 2020.

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Red Sox are in talks with the White Sox about third baseman Todd Frazier and reliever David Robertson. Frazier was a late “healthy scratch” from Tuesday night’s starting lineup, which signaled to many that a trade may be on the way. Heyman notes that a deal could be struck “fairly soon.”

Frazier, 31, is batting .207/.328/.432 with 16 home runs and 44 RBI in 335 plate appearances this season. He’s owed the remainder of his $12 million salary and can become a free agent after the season. Though a rental, Frazier would fill the gap at third base for the Red Sox.

Robertson, 32, has a 2.70 ERA, a 47/11 K/BB ratio, and 13 saves in 33 1/3 innings this season. He’s owed the remainder of his $12 million salary for 2017 and is under contract for $13 million next year. He would slide into the back of the Red Sox bullpen behind closer Craig Kimbrel.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”

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