New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier and infielders Rougned Odor and Tyler Wade have been designated for assignment, the team announced Friday.
The players can now either be traded or placed on outright waivers. If a player is claimed by another club, he is immediately added to that team's 40-man roster. If a player clears waivers, he can be sent to the minor leagues or released.
Frazier, 27, had the worst season of his career in 2021, slashing .186/.317/.633 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 66 games. Complicating things was the fact he missed time with neurological issues and vision problems.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said at the GM meetings that the club had "expectation and optimism" that Frazier's health issues were behind him. It's unclear if his health issues played a role in the team's decision to DFA him.
Frazier has spent his entire five-year career with the Yankees, averaging .239/.327/.434 with 28 home runs and 97 RBI.
Odor joined the Yankees in 2021 after seven seasons with the Texas Rangers. The second baseman underperformed, hitting .202/.286/.379 with 15 home runs and 39 RBI in 102 games.
The 27-year-old's designation does not come as a surprise given New York's pursuit of a shortstop this winter, which will move Gleyber Torres back to second base.
Wade, who has played second base, shortstop and in the outfield, has spent his entire five-year career with the Yankees. He slashed .268/.354/.323 with five RBI in 103 games.
None of the Yankees' decisions come as a surprise. The club is interested in upgrading in several areas, which means cutting ties with players this winter. New York has been linked to Carlos Correa, Freddie Freeman and Starling Marte, among others.
The Yankees finished the 2021 season third in the American League East with a 92-70 record and fell in the AL Wild Card Game to the Boston Red Sox.