The writing may be on the wall for Clint Frazier.
Roster uncertainty, defensive miscues, and a reluctance to speak with the media created an arduous past month for the 24-year-old, who now finds himself a subject of trade speculation.
With no place on the Yankees' big-league roster available and general manager Brian Cashman looking to bolster the team's starting pitching, here are five potential new homes for Frazier, who might be New York's best trade chip.
Marcus Stroman, born and raised in Medford, N.Y., owns a 3.18 ERA, which is ninth-lowest in the American League and would be tops among Yankees starters.
The 28-year-old is battle-tested in the AL East and his league-leading 57.5 ground-ball percentage would theoretically play well in Yankee Stadium.
Frazier's intriguing bat speed and power would fit nicely with the rebuilding Blue Jays, who employ only one outfielder (Lourdes Gurriel Jr.) with an OPS higher than Frazier's .843.
Stroman's teammate Aaron Sanchez would also fit the Yankees' needs.
The Yankees apparently love Mets starter Zack Wheeler, and with Brodie Van Wagenen's club playing itself out of contention, the 29-year-old right-hander could be on the move before July's trade deadline.
Wheeler's value isn't as high as it was in 2018 - he's tied for the NL lead in earned runs allowed - but his 9.79 K/9 is the highest of his career and is a better rate than that of teammate Noah Syndergaard and Los Angeles Dodgers phenom Walker Buehler.
Frazier could provide stability to a Mets outfield that has been a revolving door this season while beefing up an already impressive corps that includes Michael Conforto, Jeff McNeil, and (when healthy) Brandon Nimmo.
Trevor Bauer in NYC?
The Yankees are pondering the idea, according to SNY's Andy Martino.
Following an inconsistent May and early June, the Indians starter recently recovered to earn Player of the Week honors thanks mostly to a complete-game shutout against the Detroit Tigers.
The quirky 28-year-old would give the Yankees something they've been missing all season: durability from their starters. Bauer leads baseball in innings pitched and batters faced, while only Masahiro Tanaka has thrown more than 80 frames for New York this season.
Cleveland is familiar with Frazier, having drafted the Georgia native fifth overall in 2013 before trading him to New York in 2016. The Indians also have one of MLB's least valuable outfields by WAR, according to FanGraphs.
The 28-year-old southpaw is in the midst of an All-Star-caliber campaign for the rebuilding Tigers. His 2.8 WAR is tied for third among AL starters and his 1.73 BB/9 is one of the league's best.
Though this year's success follows four seasons of mediocrity, Boyd appears to be on the rise and is under control until 2023.
Detroit's outfield, meanwhile, is bad. Its combined wRC+ of 88 is fourth-worst in the AL, ahead of only the Indians, White Sox, and Blue Jays; no Tigers outfielder is hitting better than .259 and none has more than eight home runs.
Frazier was hitting .283 with 11 homers when the Yankees sent him down. His wRC+ was 119.
On the topic of southpaws the Yankees are interested in, it's no secret that Cashman and Co. are taking a look at Madison Bumgarner.
Bumgarner is one of the most attractive trade targets available and will almost certainly be playing outside the Bay Area come July 31.
Set to become a free agent at season's end as the Giants sit eight games below .500, his sparkling playoff resume will have teams ready to pony up to acquire the 29-year-old.
Bumgarner has lowered his ERA each month since the beginning of the season, and his velocity is the highest it's been since he injured his shoulder in an ATV accident in 2017.
Like the Mets, the Giants have an issue with stability in the outfield. Since the beginning of the season, nine different players have appeared in at least one game in San Francisco's outfield and none has an OPS above .710.
Frazier would immediately become the best offensive outfielder in the Giants organization and provide the club with a potential centerpiece to build around once it commits to a rebuild.