(670 The Score) When insider Jon Morosi of MLB Network and Fox Sports ponders whom the White Sox might add prior to the trade deadline on July 30, his thought process comes back to a certain fit.
That would be Pirates second baseman Adam Frazier, who’s hitting .325 with an .844 OPS amid his All-Star season. The White Sox are eyeing help at second base after Nick Madrigal underwent season-ending hamstring surgery, and Frazier and Diamondbacks infielder Eduardo Escobar are the two players they’ve been connected with the most in the rumor mill. In Morosi’s mind, the lefty-swinging Frazier would be the ideal fit because of his ability to put the bat on the ball. His strikeout rate is 10.9% this season.
“That to me is the one thing I look at with the White Sox, they’ve got a great lineup,” Morosi said on the Parkins & Spiegel Show on Monday afternoon. “I actually believe they’ve got as good a chance as anybody to win the American League, but I would love to see them, as you project forward, if you end up playing the Astros, let’s say … with all the good right-handed pitching they’ve got there in Houston, I would love to have Adam Frazier in this White Sox lineup to really give it balance and to help connect and to give you quality at-bats when you need to put the ball in play. You have to think about how Tony La Russa wants to manage a game in October, and Adam Frazier is the kind of guy he’s won with in the past, who puts the ball in play. I think it’s to have that element in that lineup, to give them that offensive diversity, if you will. They’ve got a ton of power. We know that. But I think having that contact skill that they’ve lost with Madrigal being out, I think Frazier would give them that quality.”
Frazier, 29, is under contract control through 2022, meaning he would almost certainly cost more in a trade than Escobar, who’s set to be a free agent at the end of this season.
“They can be aggressive, but as we talked about before with the White Sox, they’ve been so good and they’re so clearly the best team in their division that they can be choosy,” Morosi said of the White Sox.