By: Sasha C. Handelman via SoxSphere
Photo Credit: NY Daily News
Throughout much of July, the rumors were swirling around the Red Sox and their pursuit of an upgrade at third base. The primary name, at the time, was Todd Frazier.
Frazier was having a very mediocre season with the Chicago White Sox, sporting an uncharacteristically low batting average (.208), but was still hitting for power. The third baseman had hit 16 home runs, while driving in 44 runs – all better than any Red Sox occupant of the Hot Corner.
On July 19th, Frazier was seen leaving the dugout of the White Sox. At the time the Red Sox were the again rumored destination, but it was the rival Yankees that swooped in and nabbed Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle.
In New York, Frazier ended up hitting only .222 / 11 / 33 / .778 OPS, but it was his defensive versatility that really helped his team.
His ability to play both corner infield positions is valuable to a team, such as the Red Sox. There is no question that Rafael Devers will lock down third base, but first base is unsolved.
The Red Sox could turn to Hanley Ramirez, or allow Sam Travis to get consistent reps at first. Externally, the Red Sox could seek Yonder Alonso, Logan Morrison, or Carlos Santana.
A veteran such as Frazier would allow for a veteran presence in the clubhouse, while providing valuable power and defensive versatility.
It is very likely that the Yankees will seek to retain Frazier; however if contract negotiations falter, Dave Dombrowski may look to nab the veteran infielder.