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MLB trade rumors: Red Sox extend 3B search beyond Todd Frazier

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The Red Sox maintained their 3 1/2-game lead over the Yankees in the AL East after a four-game series over the weekend, but to stay there a move needs to be made at third base.

Red Sox third basemen have hit only seven homers while slashing at .233/.288/.333 with just 39 RBIs this season. That’s why the Todd Frazier of the ever-rebuilding White Sox has surfaced in trade rumors in recent days.

However, New York Mets T.J. Rivera and Asdrubal Cabrera, Pittsburgh’s David Freese and Josh Harrison, San Francisco’s Eduardo Nunez and Miami’s Martin Prado were mentioned by the Boston Herald as potential additions.

Frazier is the biggest name of the gaggle, but he’s batting a putrid .207. Though things may be turning around for Frazier as nine of his 16 homers have come after June 1.

Here are the pros and cons for the other names mentioned as potential targets:

T.J. Rivera, Mets
Pro — The 28-year-old rookie is slashing .303/.348/.454.
Con — New York has no real reason to ship off a young, effective player player with five controllable years remaining on his current deal.

Asdrubal Cabrera, Mets
Pro — Cabrera’s salary is a manageable $8.25 million this season.
Con — He’s only played one game at third base in his MLB career.

David Freese, Pirates
Pro — The veteran is signed through the 2018 season at a basement price of $4.25 million.
Con — He’s battling a nagging hamstring injury and has just six home runs in 220 at-bats.

Josh Harrison, Pirates
Pro — The two-time All-Star has a knack for getting on base and can play the outfield.
Con — His best position is second base and he doesn't hit for much power (10 homers this season).

Eduardo Nunez, Giants
Pro — Nunez can play middle infield as well as the outfield if needed.
Con — He’s not a great defensive third baseman and hits for even less power (four homers this season) than Harrison.

Martin Prado, Marlins
Pro — Prado is still a solid defensive player at 33 years old.
Con — He is signed through 2019 at an average price tag of more than $13 million per season, which is far too much for someone hitting .254/.283/.362 with two home runs this season.

The MLB trade deadline is is 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 31.