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AL East Notes: Red Sox could consider Todd Frazier, Manny Machado extension talks

The latest from around the American League East.

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If the Red Sox at any point consider upgrading from Pablo Sandoval at third base, Todd Frazier could be an option, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.

Sandoval is slated to open the season as Boston’s starting third baseman, but if he doesn’t produce consistently, the Red Sox could consider trading for Frazier, who is known to be available.

Frazier, 31, hit .225/.302/.464 with 40 home runs and 98 RBIs with the White Sox last season. He is eligible for free agency at the end of next season, which makes him a candidate to me moved in advance of the trade deadline.

Here is the latest from the AL East:

  • There are at least a handful of non-roster invitee pitchers who could help the Yankees in 2017.

  • David Carpenter is throwing 97 mph again, which is very good news for the Rays.

  • The Blue Jays signed catcher Rafael Lopez, but it’s unlikely he sees much playing time in Toronto in 2017.

  • Christian Vazquez has proven to be valuable behind the plate for the Red Sox, but that alone might not get him extra playing time.