A trade sending White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier to the White Sox “seems almost inevitable,” according to FOX’s Ken Rosenthal. It’s not clear if a deal is actually close at this point.
Boston is looking far and wide for a short-term solution at third base now that Jhonny Peralta and Pablo Sandoval are out of the organization, and has been linked to both Frazier and Marlins third baseman Martin Prado in rumors this month. The White Sox, less than a week after shipping top trade chip Jose Quintana to the Cubs, are known to be looking to trade Frazier and other short-term assets soon.
Frazier is a free agent after the season, so he would likely only be in Boston for a couple of months as the club prepares for top prospect Rafael Devers to take over the hot corner on a long-term basis. Though Frazier has struggled so far this year (.210/.331/.438 with 16 homers), he showed signs of life in June and has drawn interest from a few clubs in trade talks.
Chicago and Boston are surely familiar with each other after completing a blockbuster that sent Chris Sale to the Red Sox last December, so it’s likely just a matter of matching up on compensation (likely a mid-level prospect) that is holding up a deal from being completed. While other teams could obviously jump in and snag Frazier, the Red Sox appear to be the most likely destination and the best fit.