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New York Mets: Three potential trade destinations for Todd Frazier

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: Todd Frazier #21 of the New York Mets rounds the bases after his three-run home run as Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies looks on in the first inning at Citi Field on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: Todd Frazier #21 of the New York Mets rounds the bases after his three-run home run as Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies looks on in the first inning at Citi Field on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 09: Todd Frazier #21 of the New York Mets hits a three-run home run in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Unless the New York Mets turn things around quickly, they will head into the trade deadline as sellers. One required player to trade is Todd Frazier. We look at some possible destinations for the veteran third baseman.

The 2019 season has been an interesting one for Todd Frazier. Early on, he looked like a candidate for the New York Mets to legitimately DFA later in the season. Lately, he has been one of the better bats in the lineup.

Frazier isn’t knocking on the door of a historic season. He is flawed and not an easy chip to trade at this year’s deadline. Entering the year with a $9 million salary made him more difficult to move. Fortunately, the pro-rated amount is much more affordable for a contending team to take on.

No longer the slugger he once was, Frazier can still play baseball. I didn’t think so all year long. I’m not convinced the Mets believe it either. There’s a reason why they went out and signed Jed Lowrie this winter. They, too, probably had little faith in Frazier. As it turns out, he’s hitting above his lifetime average, getting on base more than he ever has, and not completely absent of home run pop.

One area Frazier has weakened at is his defense. At 33, this is expected from most. Teams looking to add him this summer aren’t acquiring Frazier for his glove, though. They are doing it for other reasons.

Some of the more interesting deals at the trade deadline are the ones where you don’t see a direct fit. When a team picks up a starter from one squad with the intention of using him almost exclusively off the bench, we know they mean business. This is the type of trade piece Frazier is.

I don’t expect much in return for Frazier. Even so, the Mets need to deal him somewhere if only to take a chance on a kid who could develop into something special. With the July 31st deadline approaching several weeks, these three teams have a current need for a guy like the Toddfather.

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