Mets: FanSided’s Pirates blog has a trade idea for the Amazins
By Tim Boyle
Should the New York Mets look to make a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates to land infielder Adam Frazier?
The Robinson Cano suspension news was pretty big around the league. Fans of other teams eagerly perked up, hopeful they could maybe get involved. One example of this came from FanSided’s Pittsburgh Pirates blog, Rum Bunter, where author Marty Leap has a trade proposal for the New York Mets.
Looking to give the Mets an answer at second base, Leap offered up infielder Adam Frazier. I know the last name sends shivers down the spines of some Mets fans. From what I understand, he has never been to Toms River.
This Frazier is a utility player that has found a home at second base for the Pirates. Through his first 1804 plate appearances, he’s hitting .273/.336/.413. Limited in power and many other offensive categories, he’s a guy you might typically find batting low in the lineup.
Frazier is consistent, though. Each year from 2017-2019, he hit .276 to .278 with each season including one point higher. This past year, in the shortened 2020 season, he wasn’t nearly as good. Frazier batted only .230 but did see his home runs numbers nearly match his previous career-high of 10. In 2020, Frazier hit 7 home runs.
I followed Frazier years ago and liked what he could potentially become. A good ballplayer, I’m not so sure he upgrades the Mets in many ways.
Other than having a career that has most resembled Ray Knight up through his age 28 season—according to Baseball Reference—I’m not so interested. This fact does very little to convince me that he will one day win a World Series MVP for the Mets.
When it comes to a possible deal for Frazier, the most important thing to wonder is what it might cost the Mets. Prospects Junior Santos, Josh Wolf, and Endy Rodriguez were all mentioned by Rum Bunter. Reaching a little too far, David Peterson was also suggested.
The trouble with any trade idea to help the Mets fill the Cano hole is that they already have answers at second base. Why give up anything for another warm body that can play second base?
Frazier, while not bad, doesn’t have the same glove as Andres Gimenez. He doesn’t have the potential to grow like Luis Guillorme either.
Most obvious of all, he’s not as good as Jeff McNeil.
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Frazier is one of the top trade candidates in Pittsburgh. If he dreams of playing for the Mets, he’ll need to continue resting his eyes. It’s not a match I would like to see.