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Todd Frazier will look to rebound after a disappointing first year with the New York Mets in 2019. Let’s examine the best and worst of what he may offer.

In the wake of Brodie Van Wagenen’s aggressive offseason, Todd Frazier has become somewhat of a forgotten man on the New York Mets.

The third baseman who hit 40 home runs in a season just two years ago has managed just 18 dingers in 2018.

With a weak slash line of .213/.303/.390 and sweet-swinging Jeff McNeil looking for some playing time outside of second base, some Mets fans are clamoring for Frazier to be moved to a bench role. A bench role the Mets owe $9 million to in 2019.

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Frazier has been consistent his whole career and was, not long ago, a premier home run hitter. And, defensively speaking, he has been an above average third baseman according to dWAR and DRS in each of his eight seasons, including 2018.

All that being said, he regressed significantly in 2018 and he’s not getting any younger. It’s true that he experienced some injuries in 2018, as is customary when any new player joins the Mets.

But, he wasn’t great even when healthy as evidenced by a hardly tolerable batting average and on-base percentage.

The truth is, Frazier is a middle of the pack player at this point in his career. He did an average job on the Mets in 2018 and isn’t likely to make any waves in 2019. However, that doesn’t mean he won’t contribute to a playoff run.

It isn’t far-fetched to assume Frazier’s 2019 performance will move positively toward the mean. He also possesses intangibles the Mets could benefit from.

He’s known around baseball as a hard worker and a good influence on his teammates. In fact, he has already volunteered to take up and coming slugger Peter Alonso under his wing.

But, the Mets want more than a father figure in their dugout come 2019, so it remains to be seen what kind of role Frazier will fill on their struggling offense.

Here are Frazier’s best and worst case scenarios on the 2019 Mets.