White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier subject of rumors linking trade with Boston Red Sox. Could the Toddfather be on the move to beantown?
After trading Jose Quintana to the Cubs, the White Sox could be moving third baseman Todd Frazier next according to rumors. According to Ken Rosenthal, a trade of Frazier to the Boston Red Sox seems almost inevitable.
The Red Sox are leading the American League East by 2.5 games over the Tampa Bay Rays, but are in need of a third baseman. After designating Pablo Sandoval for assignment, the Red Sox have an opening at third base that needs to be filled.
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Currently, the Red Sox have a platoon at third base with Tzu-Wei Lin and Deven Marrero. The Red Sox traded Travis Shaw to the Milwaukee Brewers this past offseason and are regretting that trade at the moment. With Frazier on the trading block, the Red Sox could use his power and defense at third base for the remainder of this season.
Although Frazier is hitting just .210, he has 16 home runs and 44 RBIs to go along with an on-base percentage of .330. Frazier would make a solid addition to the Red Sox but he is a free agent at the end of this season.
With Frazier essentially being a rental for any contending team that might acquire him, the White Sox most likely won’t get a strong return for the veteran third baseman. However, the White Sox are looking to add depth to an already strong farm system and they could still do so by trading Frazier.
The White Sox can certainly add more prospects by trading Frazier, but they will need to make sure they’re getting the best return possible. With Boston clinging to a slim lead in the AL East, they would be wise to trade for Frazier sooner rather than later. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn has done a good job thus far in rebuilding the team by acquiring top prospects in trades. Look for another solid return for the White Sox if Frazier is traded before the trading deadline on July 31.