Indians GM Mike Chernoff: 'It was tough' to trade Clint Frazier

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It’s an all in the family AL Wild Card Series for WFAN this week, as the New York Yankees – the team for whom we are the flagship station, take on the Cleveland Indians, whose general manager, Mike Chernoff, is the son of our legendary PD Mark Chernoff.

It’s also an all in the family in a way for Clint Frazier, who was drafted by Cleveland and sent to New York in the Andrew Miller deal, a trade (or part of it) that Mike Chernoff admitted was “a tough trade for us” in an appearance on WFAN’s Moose & Maggie Show Tuesday.

“I don’t know if I would ever be surprised about how long it takes any player to transition to MLB and find success – when we had Clint, we really liked him and felt like he had made a lot of progress, and had a really bright future, and that was a tough trade for us,” Chernoff said. “Obviously we ended up getting Andrew Miller, and it made sense for us in the moment, but we’re a small market team that has to thrive on player development.”

Frazier has made his case as a legitimate major-league option this season, even with a bit of a slump over the final week; his offense was never in question, but many pundits have noted how improved his defense is over the season, and that he’s finally becoming the total package.

Those things sometimes take time, Chernoff noted, and he invoked a comparison of the two starters the Yankees will see in Games 1 and 2 as proof.

“What we often see is that payers develop at different rates, and it’s really hard to set timelines on guys,” he said. “You have some guys like Shane Bieber, who came up and just hit the ground running for us, and you have other guys like Carlos Carrasco, where it took a little longer for him to establish himself. I think that works for position players the same way.”

Chernoff actually also admitted he hopes Clint continues to develop into an elite player…just not until at least Friday.

“We’re certainly excited for the success that Clint will have in the future – hopefully not in this series at all!” he joked, “but he’s a great person, and it was tough to lose him.”

Listen to Chernoff’s entire segment below.

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