The Yankees and Red Sox are doing battle on the field – and they may vie for at least one trade target and possibly two.
Both teams had scouts in Chicago Sunday, and it is believed both had some level of interest in Chisox reliever David Robertson and Chisox third baseman Todd Frazier – though it seems that the Yankees may be more interested than the Red Sox in Robertson, and the Red Sox may have more need than the Yankees for Frazier.
The Yankees want to shore up their bullpen, and have always liked Robertson, who came up for them before moving on to Chicago as a free agent to close for them. There were hints the Yankees were also paying attention to Frazier, though they haven’t expressed a strong desire at third base and are more concerned about first base (as well as the rotation and bullpen).
The Red Sox and White Sox have been discussing Frazier, who might be a good fit in Fenway and has an attractive expiring contract (though the Chisox could wind up paying down some of the $5-plus million remaining this year). Frazier is from Toms River, N.J. and while he likes Chicago, it is believed he would relish the possibility of a trade to Boston (or presumably New York). Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and MLB Network suggested a trade of Frazier to the Red Sox seemed almost inevitable now.
Frazier definitely makes sense for the Bosox, who have had many different players try third base and recently DFAed Pablo Sandoval. They also are said to be looking at Jed Lowrie (a former Red Sox), Yangervis Solarte and Martin Prado, as well as possibly others from the outside. It’s uncertain whether they have an in-house answer, with Brock Holt just returning, a few others in the mix and top prospect Rafael Devers, 20, probably still a year away, even after debuting with a 4-for-4 game at Triple-A.
The Yankees will need to address first base, which has been a black hole, and it’s not clear whether they could consider Frazier as an option there (though there may be better choices for that position, anyway). Regardless, the Yankees’ biggest area of interest seems to be the pitching staff, and as a rival said, they do love Robertson, and “always have.”