With Red Sox and Frazier, it's a matter of cost

With Red Sox and Frazier, it's a matter of cost

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.

Sale on the latest JBJ spectacular catch: 'What's wrong with that guy?'

Sale on the latest JBJ spectacular catch: 'What's wrong with that guy?'

The catches are becoming routine but that doesn't make them any less spectacular.

"'What's wrong with that guy?'" is what Chris Sale asked third baseman Brock Holt after they watched Jackie Bradley Jr. turn what surely looked like an extra base hit off the bat by the Angels' Yunel Escobar into another highlight-reel grab in the first inning of the Red Sox' 6-2 victory over the Angels in Anaheim on Friday night. 

"I literally, I looked at Brock and said, 'What's wrong with that guy?'" Sale told reporters, including MassLive.com's Jen McCaffrey. "It just seems like once he makes a great catch, it's like, all right, that's the best one. And then he makes another one, and ok, that's the best one now. It just seems like he's always raising the bar. It's fun to watch."

Less than a week after robbing the Yankees' Aaron Judge of a home run with his catch in the triangle at Fenway (below), Bradley explained yet another spectacular catch, this time to NESN's Jamai Webster.  

“Off the bat, it was well hit,” Bradley Jr. told Webster “Head[ed] towards the gap, I believe he had two strikes on him, so I was playing him toward the opposite field a little bit. I took off, tried to gauge as much as I possibly can, tried to time up my steps to try to make a leap...I wanted to go for it.”

"That's a big-time play by a big-time player," Sale said. 

"I don't know if you expect it, but I guess we're starting to, especially with what they're doing out there," Sale said. "Those guys, all four [outfielder, Bradley, Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi and Chris Young], they work as hard as anybody, and they cover a lot of ground. I've said it before, it feels like we have four outfielders out there sometimes playing in the same game. It definitely doesn't go unnoticed by us as pitchers, and I think our whole team appreciates the effort all the way around."

On Twitter, JBJ's play drew an "Angels In The Outfield" comparison from fellow center fielder Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles.