Rick Hahn prefers to ship out veterans such as Todd Frazier by opening day. Boston could be interested in the White Sox third baseman at the trade deadline.
The Chicago White Sox are still looking to unload some of their veterans. And Todd Frazier is atop that list. The slugging third baseman is coming off a season where he hit 40 home runs and drove in 98 RBIs. The 31-year-old seems attractive to a team that needs a boost for their lineup. Rick Hahn seems to prefer trading guys sooner than later but so far the market has been slow for the White Sox.
According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Boston Red Sox could have interest in Frazier if Pablo Sandoval doesn’t play well at third base. Cafardo adds Frazier would be affordable at the trade deadline because his $12.5 million salary will be down to less than half. The slugger would give them another power bat for their lineup. It also doesn’t hurt he plays good defense.
It may not be the worst thing in the world for the White Sox to wait to move someone like Frazier at the trade deadline. As long as he’s having a good season, he should carry a lot more value because teams getting ready for a playoff push may look to add another slugger to their lineup.
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Right now, the market for him really hasn’t developed. Teams were clearly interested but we don’t know if an offer was made. Might be best for the organization to hang onto Frazier, then cash in when his value is at its highest.
At this point, Hahn doesn’t feel pressured into making moves. The White Sox already had an outstanding offseason and seem primed for the future. So there’s no sense in making trades just for the sake of making trades. They still need to ensure they are getting guys who can contribute to the team in the future. It does this team no good to trade away someone like Frazier and get nothing in return .
Frazier has definitely been a great player in his lone season with the White Sox. He gave them another bat for their lineup and seemingly gave Jose Abreu some protection. He is 31 years old, so he’s towards the tail end of his career. This team probably won’t be competitive for a few seasons. The best thing they can do is trade him and bring someone in that can contribute to the team when they’re ready to contend.