Red Sox: 3 potential trade targets who could fill leadoff spot

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 10: Boston Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom speaks during a press conference introducing Alex Cora as the manager of the Boston Red Sox on November 10, 2020 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 10: Boston Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom speaks during a press conference introducing Alex Cora as the manager of the Boston Red Sox on November 10, 2020 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images) /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 03: Adam Frazier #26 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action during the game against the Miami Marlins at PNC Park on June 3, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 03: Adam Frazier #26 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action during the game against the Miami Marlins at PNC Park on June 3, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

Red Sox trade target – Adam Frazier

Adam Frazier is in the mix for a batting title during a breakout campaign, entering the day fourth in the National League with a .331 average. He leads the league with 85 hits and 23 doubles.

Frazier is tied for seventh in the majors with a .393 OBP. He doesn’t draw walks at a high rate with an 8.1 BB% that places him in the middle of the pack. His stellar on-base percentage is primarily the result of a batting average supported by an unsustainable .371 BABIP that’s nearly 60 points above his career level.

However, Frazier rarely strikes out, ranking second in the NL with an 11.2 K% this season. When you put the ball in play more often, it’s bound to lead to more hits falling in.

He’s not going to deliver much home run power, with only two so far this year and a career-high of 10, but he’s still racking up doubles and has also legged out three triples to produce a career-high .467 SLG and .860 OPS.

Frazier can provide above-average defense at second base and either corner outfield spot.

The Pirates are nowhere near contending and the 29-year-old Frazier will enter his final year of arbitration next year before he’s eligible for free agency after the 2022 season. He’s likely to be available on the trade market this winter but the Pirates should consider flipping him now while his value is at its peak.