Tyler Clippard

Eager Yankees reinforcements embolden team for pennant drive

The New York Yankees have ignited their playoff drive with a bold trade.

This midseason tailspin didn't deter general manager Brian Cashman from making an aggressive move. The recent slump couldn't dampen any excitement of the acquired trio of power-hitting infielder Todd Frazier and power-armed relievers Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson, either.

"We're now in a sprint, and we want to be able to run the fastest, swiftest, most successful race we can," Cashman said, "and hopefully these three new additions can, again, put ourselves in position to do that."

The deal that sent reliever Tyler Clippard and three prospects, including 2016 first-round...