Usually when the New York Mets have an area of weakness it’s easy to point what move they should make either internally or externally to erase the problem. Unfortunately, the club’s injuries are so plentiful that it’s not easy to know exactly what the team should do to help improve the club.
I spent some of my Monday night looking over some Triple-A stats from around baseball to see if there are any ex-big leaguers lighting it up. That’s probably the best option the Mets have right now—a veteran in the minors with little hope of reaching the big leagues anytime soon but actually playing well. Think Cameron Maybin but with good minor league numbers this year to show he can still play.
With the latest information about injuries to Michael Conforto and Jeff McNeil indicating both will be out until at least late June, I’m starting to think some ugly thoughts. Among them, what’s Todd Frazier up to?
Has the abundance of Mets injuries actually led you to think the team should do something dumb like sign Todd Frazier?
Todd Frazier and the Mets are like any middle school couple—they always seem to end up back together again. Frazier signed with them before the 2018 season and spent two seasons in orange and blue. His production was inconsistent but not horrific compared to what we’re seeing right now.
Just when we thought we were done with him, Frazier joined the Mets last September following a trade with the Texas Rangers. A little less productive then, he looked beyond cooked in his 3 for 35 stint with the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this year.
Frazier is expected to represent the United States on the Olympic team later this year for the qualifying round. Until then, maybe he can be a short solution to the Mets’ woes?
I know. I know. The mere thought of a Frazier reunion makes you want to throw up a little bit. His .086 batting average with Pittsburgh didn’t exactly inspire much confidence that things would be any better with New York. What else can the Mets possibly do?
Many of baseball’s current free agents are guys in a similar position as Frazier. I already took a look at Dee Strange-Gordon and what he could possibly offer the Mets. I like the idea of him a whole lot better than Frazier. As a middle infield and outfield option, he could help fill in for both Conforto and McNeil and at least maybe provide serviceable at-bats—something I’m beginning to wonder about with this ball club.
A typical Mets lineup right now consists of Francisco Lindor, Dominic Smith, and maybe James McCann if he’s lucky. Surrounding them, we find depth pieces and Triple-A players the average fan didn’t even know were a part of the organization until recently.
Injuries aren’t just biting the Mets right now. They’re gnawing through the flesh. They’re crawling through my skin, infecting my brain, and actually putting the dangerous thought in my head: what about Todd Frazier?
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