Five Possible Trade Destinations for Todd Frazier

Los Angeles Angels

A team with a more clear need at third base than the Astros that could be interested in the acquisition of Todd Frazier is the Los Angeles Angels. Incumbent third baseman David Freese is now a free agent and may not return to Los Angeles next season. Freese had a decent season in 2015, finishing with a wRC+ of 110 and a WAR of 2.2 in what was really an uninspiring season overall for the Halos. Frazier represents a clear upgrade over Freese and the Angels may be inclined to let Freese walk if they are able to swing a deal for Frazier before Freese signs elsewhere.

While the need for an upgrade at the hot corner is clearly there, the Angels may not have the trade pieces to get this kind of deal done. Despite Frazier’s second half decline last season, and the fact he only has two years under team control left, it is still likely that he will command a decent return. With that being said, the Angels arguably have one of the worst farm systems in all of baseball, especially after already giving up their two brightest pitching prospects for Andrelton Simmons this offseason.

As it currently stands, the two top prospects in the Angels system according to MLB Pipeline are two pitchers who were both in A ball or Rookie Ball last season. Beyond that, the Angels don’t have much in their system beyond Roberto Baldoquin. Baldoquin is a shortstop/second baseman who was signed out of Cuba with an eight million bonus. He is probably the closest to big league ready of any of the Angels prospects and could interest the Reds. Still the Angels are unable to match the talent and depth of several other teams minor league systems, including the Astros.

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  1. Andy Pebworth

    “Incumbent third baseman David Freese is now a free agent, after declining the qualifying offer.” Freese wasn’t offered a qualifying offer and Cowart is more than qualified to play 3B. do your home work.

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