The rumors of a Todd Frazier/David Robertson deal between the Red Sox and White Sox are heating up, check out this latest rash of tweets which imply a trade may be imminent, as well as our coverage on why this trade would be a good fit for the Red Sox and what they should be willing to give up.
chisox are indeed in talks with red sox on frazier. he appears to be their top choice. not known to be done, but could happen fairly soon.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 19, 2017
No word on Frazier trade (yet) but he's in dugout doing round of hugs and handshakes.
— Phil Rogers (@philgrogers) July 19, 2017
Todd Frazier a healthy scratch from the lineup .? Boston appears close to getting him and David Robertson Money appears right as well.
— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) July 18, 2017
#WhiteSox dugout watch: Todd Frazier and David Robertson side by side, having a chat.
— Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) July 19, 2017
As long as the Red Sox don’t give up any prospects of any significant value in this deal (i.e Devers, Groome Chavis) then I am all on board with bringing Todd Frazier for a couple of months (Frazier is in the last year of his contract) to hopefully solidify the 3B position.
While Frazier is having a career worst year (.207 AVG, 16 HR, 44 RBI) the Red Sox are in desperate need of some power in their lineup as they have the 5th fewest dingers in the MLB. I know Frazier’s batting average is an eyesore but a platoon of Marrero/Holt/Lin isn’t going to be much better and those guys have about as much pop in their bats as a single sheet of bubble wrap.
My only concern is that Dave Dombrowski will try and over pay the White Sox so that he can package closer David Robertson in the deal as well. Robertson has 13 saves this season to go along with a 2.70 ERA in 33.3 IP and would be a perfect fit to sure up an inconsistent Red Sox bullpen.
While Frazier is a two and a half month rental in every sense of the word, Robertson is signed through next season as well, which is going to make his price tag a little heftier.
The Red Sox farm system is nearly gutted of legitimate impact prospects, so Dealing Dave has got to be very careful with who he decides to package in this deal. I’ll go ahead and guarantee that Devers nor Groome will be included in this deal, though I am not as confident in slugging 3B prospect Michael Chavis.
In just 82 minor league games this year (A/AA) Chavis is batting .305 with 23 HR and 68 RBI. While a majority of that production has come in A ball, Chavis has impressed in his recent call up to AA Portland with 6 HR in 23 games. Chavis is a former 1st round prospect who has struggled with injuries in his first couple of years in the minors so it would be a shame to see him traded away in such a massive breakout season. Plus raw power like his can be such a rarity to find which makes it hard to justify shipping him out for such a modest, though impactful, return.
If I were to play armchair GM for a second I would say that the Sox would be far better off letting go of a prospect like 1B prospect Josh Ockimey who has similar raw power to Chavis but is a far greater risk of ever reaching the majors. A pitcher the Sox may consider letting go of is Jalen Beeks who is enjoying a breakout season of his own (8-4, 2.52 ERA) between AA/AAA but is more projected as a fringe back of the rotation starter who would be better suited as a power arm coming out of the pen.