If the Colorado Rockies are going to the postseason it’ll be as a Wild Card team. Catching the Los Angeles Dodgers looks impossible. So, they’re going to need all of the help they can get. This means adding talent at the trade deadline.
Once again, the fit for Frazier in Denver is not ideal. They have Daniel Murphy as their primary first baseman and the irreplaceable Nolan Arenado at third base. In this situation, Frazier would become a right-handed bat the team could start over Murphy at first base and possibly supply them with regular pinch-hit at-bats.
We see plenty of teams add guys like this to their roster late in the year with the intention of using them in limited roles—the same way the Mets would probably have begun to use Frazier if they didn’t have intentions of showing him off a little more.
Something the Rockies do well is utilize players at a variety of positions. Ian Desmond is their starting center fielder, after all. At second base, they have a versatile young player named Ryan McMahon. This year, we’ve also seen them use their top prospect Brendan Rodgers at a variety of places. Clearly, they are willing to experiment.
A right-handed bat with power should be on the Rockies’ wish list this summer. Currently minus Trevor Story due to a broken thumb, they are relying heavily on Arenado for production from that side of the plate. Recently, he suffered a toe contusion which fortunately for them doesn’t seem serious. What if it was?
Rockies statistics are always hard to navigate because of how inflated the numbers look. The team has hit well and pitched poorly as they typically do when compared to the rest of the league. A veteran like Frazier may not look like a nice pickup on the surface. As an experienced veteran, he’s someone a younger team like the Rockies should consider.
I remember back in 2017 when the New York Yankees landed Frazier. He helped change the clubhouse. It’s a reason why I believe the Mets went out and got him the following offseason.
This is the type of positive impact Frazier can have on a team. Anyone looking to go into October with a chance should take it into consideration.