When the Mets signed Todd Frazier to a two-year $17 million last offseason, fans reacted to the signing with a “mixed” response to say the least.
On one hand, Frazier was a former All-Star third baseman, was known to be a home run hitter, and was well-regarded as a “clubhouse leader” and someone how could help to mentor the younger Mets players.
On the other hand, he was an older player, no longer hit for average as he only hit .210 the year prior and other, arguably better free agents such as third baseman Mike Moustakas were still available, who went on to sign a cheaper and shorter contract.
As it turns out, the more skeptical fans turned out to be correct with their concerns over the signing, as Frazier went on to have his career worst season.
For 2018, Frazier only batted .213 with a .303 OBP and missed over a third of the season due to injury. He did end up slugging 18 home runs and 59 RBI for the year, second most in both categories for the team, but needless to say, his performance failed to meet expectations.
To rub salt in the wound, Moustakas outperformed Frazier in every statistical category in 2018.
For the 2019 season, with the acquisition of free agent infielder Jed Lowrie, Todd Frazier is expected to begin the season as the Mets starting first baseman, but only until top prospect, Pete Alonso is called up to the majors, likely in early May as to preserve an extra year of control on his contract.
After that, Frazier will most likely be relegated to a bench role and the occasional spot start, adding depth to the infield in case of injury to another player.
For the 2019 season, Frazier will be owed $9 million and will be a free agent after this year. His price tag is a bit high for a backup player, so the Mets should definitely look to unload him in order free up room on the payroll.
While he is more expensive than d’Arnaud, Frazier does have more value, as he is a power hitter and despite being out for part of last season, has a better track record with injuries.
A few teams should be interested in him if the Mets were to put him on the market, and if they were able to free up his salary and possibly get a player back, either a prospect to help restock their farm system or another vet a team was looking to unload to address a different need, then the Mets should definitely look to get a deal done.
As for teams which I feel would be interested in trading for Frazier, the Tigers appear to have a need and for them, he would have the option to either play third base or be designated hitter.