Todd is coming off a year in which he struggled, but in previous years he had been one of the most feared batters in baseball. The Dodgers could have actually acquired him in a previous deal, but chose the prospect haul of Trayce Thompson, Michah Johnson, and Frankie Montas instead. Both Johnson and Montas have been sent off since then, while Thompson has shown flashes of being great, but has recently struggled since returning from an injury.
The glaring issue with making this deal is the fact that Frazier is predominately a third baseman. With that said, he can and has played in the outfield. He’d be a player that could add even more depth to what we already have and another player who can play a repertoire of positions.
This depth can be very useful as he would essentially take over the role that Van Slyke currently has but he’d also do more. He would be able to start in left field, first base, and even third base, while at the same time platooning in left and giving fellow veterans Gonzalez and Turner much needed days off.
His ability to play first base would be key. This could give the Dodgers even more opportunities to rest A-Gon against left-handed pitching while still having an RBI machine take his spot. Unlike Van Slyke, he is a proven bat to place in the heart of the lineup.
Considering the jaw dropping prospect haul that this team got for their ace Chris Sale, it would be no surprise if the asking price for Frazier is steep. This deal may have to include one of the Dodgers’ top prospects like Walker Buehler or Trevor Oaks.