BOSTON — Trading is exceedingly simple. You like good players, you talk about good players, and if the price is right, you do it.
That's where the Red Sox are with Todd Frazier, baseball sources said. They like him. But they need to like the price more.
Frazier, who's in his walk year with the White Sox, is hitting .242 with a .370 on-base percentage and .525 slugging percentage since the start of June. He has nine home runs in that time too. He has 16 home runs overall with a .210 average.
The Marlins' Martin Prado doesn't appear to have disappeared from the picture, but the Sox are more keen on Frazier, unsurprisingly. Prado, 33, is a less capable player offensively and the Sox need offense. He's hitting .269 with a .299 OBP and .385 slugging percentage on the season.
One baseball source with a rival club on Saturday suggested Jed Lowrie as a fit, and Yangervis Solarte and Josh Harrison as well. Logically, Lowrie makes more sense as he'd be a rental and therefore cost less than the other two. With Rafael Devers coming, the Sox don't need a long term pick-up.