While it is only Spring Training it's never to early to look ahead and see what the Sox may need in the coming Summer months. With obvious holes at some positions (RP,3B) there's never a bad time to look for potential players to bolster the roster.
Now I don't know about you all, but my trust for Pablo Sandoval is as good as that belt he broke last year. While that's another topic for another day, I'm here to tell you about a man who can help us forget all of our sorrows with the Panda: Todd Frazier. Frazier is a power hitting third basemen who ended last year with 40 ding dongs and drove in 98 runs on a mediocre White Sox team that finished 78-84. Frazier's contract is up at the end of the year and if the White Sox continue in their rebuilding direction, this trade could become a very real possibility.
Danny Valencia, while he may not be as good or well known as a guy like Todd Frazier, still could be a crucial part of the Sox lineup if they can get a deal done for him. The Mariner had a solid season last year, finishing with 22 doubles, 17 homers and 51 RBI in 130 games. He's another guy with an expiring contract after this year, he also excels at hitting lefties and come playoff time you could see Andrew Miller out of the bullpen. The Sox need all the help they can get.
Reed is a part of an outstanding pitching staff for the National League side of New York and is coming off of a year where he finished with a sub-2 ERA and a .94 WHIP. Reed's slider is a true ground ball pitch, and if gets that working in the 8th inning, he can be a crucial set up man in front of Craig Kimbrel and can create a dominant back end if the Mets get out of contention early.
Tony Watson could be the final piece of the puzzle for the Red Sox's bullpen. The former All-Star is coming off one of the worst seasons of his career finishing with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. He's a hard throwing lefty with an above-average fastball and a devastating slider that is thrown extremely hard. If the Red Sox can't land Reed, putting Watson alongside Kimbrel could still cause problems for teams all across the league.
By Donald Hand