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Boston Red Sox: Assessing Todd Frazier

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With the hot stove officially at a low heat, the name Todd Frazier has once again made the list of possible names on the move. The White Sox third basemen has been trade bait for the last two seasons in Chicago, and now might finally be the time for him to move teams. Of the teams he could end up on, team that makes the most sense is the Boston Red Sox.

Obviously this may have some bias, but it is a no brainer when it comes down to it. Let’s break it down.

Hitting: Frazier is an power bat who loves to strike out. While plate discipline isn’t something you can teach over night, Frazier still manages to hit in the .230-.250 range. His average has been declining over the last three seasons from his career high of .273, and his strikeouts have been on the rise (career high 163 last season) but his home-run totals have hit a peak which will only grow in Fenway Park. Frazier loves pulling the ball (he pulls 49.3% of batted balls), and anything in the air to left field is a guaranteed double at Fenway so long as you don’t crawl out of the batters box. With Frazier batting just .210, and on pace for a career worst season, the Red Sox can get him for a low tier prospect, and with the amount of talent waiting in the minors for Chicago, the sooner the better.

Fielding: I would be lying if I said he’s a defensive upgrade to Devin Marrero, but Frazier is also not the worst when it comes to playing the corner. He’s average, exactly what you would expect. He is flexible though, with experience in the outfield while in Cincinnati, and playing a little bit of first base in Cincy and Chicago. But Dave Dombrowiski doesn’t care about the flexibility, he wants a third basemen – and with 741 games played at third base Todd Frazier fits the bill perfectly.

Baserunning: Like most power hitters, Frazier isn’t the fastest – but he does steal bases. Frangraphs has ranked Frazier from 42-54 when it comes to his speed, so he is the definition of an average runner, which is a step up from Pablo Sandoval. Since his the rise of his power numbers, his stolen bases have fallen from 20 in 2014 to only 4 so far in 2017. Similar to his flexibility on defense, Dombroski isn’t looking for the speed. However, it is an added bonus in the middle of the lineup.

With the trade deadline approaching on July 31st, expect the Red Sox to make a move for a third basemen. As of now, Todd Frazier is the name the Red Sox want, and for very good reasons. If the “Toddfather” switches Sox then the Red Sox are more than likely to run away with the AL East. If they don’t then they’re going to have a clear hole in their lineup come the playoff push in September. This guy is a need.

Tyler is currently covering the Celtics for the upcoming season, as well as providing coverage for the MLB on occasion. He has written for The Georgetowner Newspaper in Washington, DC as well as providing work for the Red Sox on Fansided. He is fan of Hayley Williams, Seinfeld, and cold beer.

You can keep up with Tyler on @TheTylerHetu. Thank you for reading.

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Red Sox Rumor: Jackie Bradley Jr. Being Shopped For Trade

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With the Boston Red Sox looking to acquire a power bat this offseason to keep up with the Yankees they are reportedly shopping a core member of their current team.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today the player Boston is shopping is center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. One potential destination for Bradley is the Chicago Cubs. Chicago has been connected to Boston with slugger Kyle Schwarber potentially being available.

Schwarber has mashing power but has had issues at the plate having a .211 average last season that caused the Cubs to send the home run hitter back to the minors last June.

Bradley who hit 26 home runs two seasons ago fell back to 17 home runs this past season with a .245 batting average. His fielding ability though makes up for any shortcomings he has at the plate and his contract status could be very appealing in the trade market. Bradley Jr. has three years of arbitration remaining on his contract.

If Boston moves on from Bradley the likely scenario of outfield positioning would be moving Andrew Benintendi over to center field keeping Mookie Betts out in right field.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Stanton in Pinstripes Edition

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The snow is now cascading down upon us with indifferent wrath. Today, Boston saw the first real Winter Storm of the impending season. And while you were outside futilely efforting to resist nature, with your shovels and snowblowers, the World of Baseball fractured entirely.

If you haven’t heard by now, you live under the most obscure rock in existence. The New York Yankees have purportedly acquired Giancarlo Stanton from Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins. 

Stanton is currently going through the formality of physicals and medical checkups – as if there’s going to be anything physically wrong with this inhuman behemoth.

The Winter Meetings commence tomorrow. It is expected that the trade will be officially announced soon after.

Reports suggest that the Yankees have agreed to eat $265 million of Stanton’s contract, while sending Starlin Castro to Miami along with a couple of low-level pitching prospects.

This was our White Whale, Boston – this one got away and we still ended up dying in the end.

Dave Dombrowski looks like an absolute fool for having let this chiseled new-school Bambino slip through his hands. He immolated the entire pitching crop, down on the farm. So it’s inconceivable that Dombrowski didn’t offer the kitchen sink, in his pursuit of Stanton.

Conversely, underneath the surface, Giancarlo’s mind might have been irrevocably made up, before talks even started. He’s a city-slicker. Miami nightlife translates better to Big Apple nightlife than it does to the half-revelry of the Boston Commonwealth.

The Yankees obtain Giancarlo Stanton, presupposing the implications for the Red Sox and fans alike. It’s with a heavy heart that I unfortunately welcome you to a familiar and antique era of Red Sox Baseball. It’s the late 90’s all over again…

But, you know what? Let’s try to make light of this nonplussing news! Yeah, we don’t need Giancarlo Stanton and those Damn Yankees still won’t win the World Series! It’s time for another installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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Boston Red Sox Do Not Need To Get A Big Bat

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Many have stated their wishes that the Boston Red Sox will go out and get a big-time bat for the heart of their order. A bat that they seemingly need to help protect the likes of Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez in the lineup. One of the bigger names connected to the team is Giancarlo Stanton, but reports show that idea as a longshot with Stanton not looking at Boston as a possibility.

Another name, Jose Abreu, is also reportedly out of the running with Ken Rosenthal reporting that the White Sox will not trade their slugger before the start of the season. With the potential list shortening with JD Martinez and Eric Hosmer leading the running, maybe Boston should sit still this offseason.

That is sort of a controversial take, but the notion of Hosmer or Martinez doesn’t get the juices flowing, and ultimately will cost the Red Sox more then they are worth.

So what is the answer, Boston still needs a first basemen for next season. A position that could be filled with Sam Travis and Hanley Ramirez given the idea that Dustin Pedroia will find some time at the DH spot next season with Eduardo Nunez getting some quality time at second base. Another possibility is Rafael Devers not panning out at third base and needing to move to first base or DH at times.

Also in the cards is prospect Michael Chavis who should find himself in AAA Pawtucket at some point next season and maybe in Boston at third base or first. Then comes the possibility of Blake Swihart or my favorite, Bryce Brentz. Both were getting trained at first base with Pawtucket last season and could see reps at first base if Dave Dombrowski opts to not sign a big-time bat.

Of course, these solutions are not as flashy and will not present an immediate threat for Boston in the heart of their order. But betting on the current roster to bounce back at the plate and see an emergence of another young player might be a route to take.

Worse case scenario they get the same amount of production and end up right around 90 wins like they were this past season. But the upside of keeping the financial flexibility going forward while trying out prospects might be the best thing for Boston to do instead of overreacting to fan pressure.

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