Going into 2016, the Pirates don’t really have a full time third baseman they can trust. In 2015 the team used a combination of Josh Harrison, Aramis Ramirez and even Jung Ho Kang, although one of those players is no longer with the team while another one is currently injured and may miss some time in the beginning of 2016. With that in mind, the Pirates may be willing to pay for an upgrade at third base as a contingency plan past 2016. With both Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez becoming free agents after next season, the Pirates will have several holes to fill on their roster. Adding more depth at third base should allow the Pirates to use that depth at both second base and first base to perhaps fill those voids.
While the Pirates need is not as great as most of the other teams on this list, they do have the prospect depth that would be able to get this kind of trade done. The Pirates have several strong prospects all around the diamond that would all be good starting points for a Todd Frazier trade. The return for Frazier isn’t expected to be enormous, and the Pirates have the kind of depth that would allow them to spare a few players in order to make an upgrade to the major league roster for 2016.