Who said the New York Mets cannot trade Todd Frazier? With better play, he could become a marketable veteran teams look to acquire for his baseball talents and leadership.
Todd Frazier got off to another slow start for the New York Mets in 2019 but has been playing well as of late. Fans have every right to want J.D. Davis or Jeff McNeil to start at third base. However, the Mets will have no shot to trade him if he’s hidden on the bench.
Though it may come as a shock to many, Frazier does have some trade value.
Frazier is a streaky hitter. When he is at his best, he is someone you want in the lineup. He is a veteran player with prior playoff experience and who could be attractive to teams ready to make a playoff run.
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There is something about the presence he brings into a locker room and it helps all the guys around him. He did it with the New York Yankees back in 2017. He drew plenty of praise in his short time in the Bronx as a leader in the clubhouse.
The young guys appreciate Frazier because he is a veteran willing to lead. Many playoff contenders are younger teams that need a veteran guy to show these young guys the grit it takes to make it far in the postseason. At the July 31 trade deadline, many teams will seek out those older grinders to fill out the roster for the mere sake of improving the culture.
On the field, Frazier is an above-average defensive third baseman. The offense may be streaky, but you know what you are going to get with the glove from Frazier.
It is too early to tell right now if the Mets are going to be sellers at the deadline. Even if they aren’t, they should still think about moving Frazier. The hotter his bat stays, the more teams could be willing to take him on if New York is open to eating a portion of his salary.
Frazier will go into his slumps here and there. His leadership and presence, however, are always going to be appreciated. The one thing he is going to bring to the table is that he will be a constant presence even when he isn’t playing well. All winners need this consistency even if it’s just coming from the bench.
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This July, the Mets need to sell this part of Frazier above anything else.