Jon Heyman reports there isn’t much of a market developing for Melky Cabrera and Todd Frazier. Heyman says the White Sox would almost have to give Frazier away.
The trade market for key Chicago White Sox players is not developing. That is according to Jon Heyman of FanRags. The White Sox are definitely in sell mode but may not have any pieces worth selling. Todd Frazier and Melky Cabrera were two players the organization hoped to move. But if Heyman’s report is true, the market for the veteran players is not there.
That could pose an issue if Rick Hahn is trying to make trades. Frazier and Cabrera were two guys the team viewed as expendable and they could move. Now, that could be in jeopardy. Heyman says the White Sox would practically have to give Frazier away. That isn’t surprising based off the struggles both players have endured this season.
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Frazier is hitting a disappointing .209 but does have 12 home runs and 35 RBIs. He has started to hit the ball out of the park more, so that could help his value. No one expects him to hit for average. But he does own a career .247 average. At times this season his average has dipped below .200. Not good for any player. If the third baseman can continue to improve his numbers at the plate, it’s possible the organization sees his value rise.
The lack of a market for Melky Cabrera is a little surprising. He’s not having a terrible year at the plate. He’s hitting .279 with seven home runs and 40 RBIs. That’s not bad for him. The biggest issue with his game is he doesn’t play very good defense and he is owed $15 million. That’s a big number for a guy who doesn’t handle all parts of the game. That doesn’t mean he is not tradable. But the White Sox may have to eat a large portion of his salary to make anything happen.
It’s possible an American League club comes along and may need a designated hitter. Cabrera could fit well in that role. But again, his salary doesn’t help matters. He will be a free agent after this season. The White Sox could be expected to eat a portion of his remaining salary in a potential trade.
It’s still early in the season. So we shouldn’t sound the alarm. Both Frazier and Cabrera could see their value go up if they continue to play well. We know Hahn isn’t going to rush to trade anyone. He is going to wait for the right deal to come along because he wants to maximize every trade. He has done a great job so far and there is no sign that will change.