Just as the weather starts to heat up across the United States, so are the MLB trade rumors. As the calendar gets ready to flip to June, many teams who believe that they have what it takes to make a run at the postseason are ready to start filling some much needed holes in their lineups. At the top of that list are the Boston Red Sox.
The Red Sox were among the top teams favored to win the 2017 World Series by Las Vegas oddsmakers back in spring training, however, after 42 games, the Red Sox are treading water at just 21-21, tied for fourth place in the American League East with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Losing a big stick is always hard to replace and so far Boston hasn’t found any punch since David Ortiz retired last season. The Red Sox were hoping that Pablo Sandoval would help fill some of the void of losing Big Papi, but a slow start for Sandoval, followed by a right knee sprain, has put the Boston Red Sox in a bit of a jam at third base. Could Todd Frazier be the answer to the Red Sox problems?
According to a CBS Sports report, the Boston Red Sox have had an eye on Todd Frazier for quite a while now. The question is, will they pull the trigger and make the deal?
“Yes, the Red Sox have been scouting Frazier given their tenuous third base situation and the fact they want to give Rafael Devers more time to develop, reports Boston Globe reporter Nick Cafardo. Frazier has the perfect power swing for Fenway but has had an awful start (.198, four homers, 15 RBIs). Frazier is making $12 million this season, but the White Sox would eat some of that if a trade came to fruition. There have been reports of the Red Sox looking at White Sox lefthander Jose Quintana as well, but we doubt the Red Sox would give up another package of top prospects for him.”
Right now the Red Sox are trying to fill the void with Deven Marrero and Josh Rutledge, and so far it hasn’t gone well. While neither one is playing bad baseball, they are still not producing on a consistent basis. The Red Sox went all out this off season to build a winner for the 2017 season, not for five years down the road. That is why acquiring Todd Frazier could become a reality sooner than later.
After all, Boston did not sign Chris Sale, Tyler Thornburg, and Mitch Moreland over the winter to win a World Series in 2020. They expect to win it this year. A trade of Frazier to the Boston Red Sox could help both teams.
The Chicago White Sox could continue to stack their farm system and they could deal away Frazier, who is eligible for free agency at the end of the 2017 season. If he isn’t planning on returning, why not trade him to get something in return?
While Frazier has been struggling at the plate so far in 2017, he is a dead pull hitter, which could be a great thing when you play half of your games at Fenway Park.
As for Andrew McCutchen, did the Pittsburgh Pirates miss the boat by not dealing away their All-Star outfielder when they had a chance? MLB Trade Rumors has listed McCutchen as one of the top players who have dropped in trade value tremendously since the season began. McCutchen is coming off his worst season of his career and is off to an average that is below the Mendoza line. McCutchen’s stats read like a bad dream. After his first 175 at bats, his numbers are.215/.286/.386, the scariest being the.215 average.
While there is certainly plenty of time to right the ship, it is hard to watch someone as talented as Andrew McCutchen struggle so much. Maybe a change of scenery would be the best thing for McCutchen.
The Pirates spent most of the offseason shopping McCutchen and listening to anyone who had interest in making a deal. In the end, reports indicated that the Pittsburgh Pirates wanted too much in return. Now that he is off to the worst start of his career, it is going to be very difficult to find a taker that wants to pick up a deal that would pay Andrew McCutchen $14.5 million this season and again in 2018.
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