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Report: Red Sox-White Sox intensify trade talks for Todd Frazier

Ty Anderson
July 15, 2017 - 1:09 pm

Just over two weeks from the trade deadline, the Red Sox may have found their top target, as ESPN Deportes is reporting that trade talks between the Red Sox and White Sox for third baseman Todd Frazier have ‘picked up steam’ this morning.

The report comes one day after the Red Sox officially cut ties with third baseman Pablo Sandoval by designating him for assignment (and eating the rest of the money owed to him), and with the White Sox officially beginning their sell-off that started with the team sending Jose Quintana to the Cubs earlier this week.

Frazier in a lot of ways represents the ideal trade target for the Sox.

A right-handed bat on a one-year, $12 million contract -- meaning that he wouldn’t come with the long-term commitment and big payday the Sox could be reluctant to add to their books -- Frazier has cranked 16 homers this year (the 11th-most among MLB third basemen), which would rank him first among Red Sox batters, and has knocked in 44 RBIs.

Behind the gaudy power numbers, the average is nothing to write home about this season, as Frazier’s .213 is on pace to be the worst single-season average of his career, but his .769 OPS ranks as the 12th-best among qualified MLB third basemen.

Frazier also addresses two glaring needs for the Red Sox: One at third base, which has been a revolving door from the start of the season, with Tzu-Wei Lin and Deven Marrero the latest duo to platoon at the hot corner. And also with his home run swing -- the Red Sox rank dead last in the American League and 26th in all of baseball with just 93 home runs as a team this season -- with 120 home runs over the last three and a half seasons. Frazier, for what it's worth, has home runs in six career games at Fenway Park.

A two-time All-Star, Frazier established career-highs with 40 homers and 98 RBIs in 2016.

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