In his prime, Todd Frazier was a dangerous slugger and a solid fielding third sacker. He still fields his position but his value at the plate is undergoing a big drop. This slump places Frazier’s future with the Mets in jeopardy.
Frazier signed with the Mets before the 2018 season, which became a disappointing one for him. He started off well, then he got hurt, then he didn’t play well. His final slash line for 2018 was .213/.303/.390 with 18 homers.
His 2019 is even worse so far. Frazier began the year on the IL, and since he returned his line is a dreadful .146/.167/.293, near the 2018 vintage Jose Reyes territory. It is a small sample of 12 games and 42 PA, but as noted his 2018 was poor as well. This year he has struck out 14 times, so ⅓ of his PAs ended in k’s. He has over twice as many strikeouts as he does hits and walks combined. Please note that all stats are though Sundays’ action.
The Mets are going to have to make some roster changes soon, as third baseman Jed Lowrie has started rehab games with Syracuse, and he is expected to be with the Mets before too much longer. The Mets will have to drop a player to make room for him, and Frazier is on the bubble.
The Mets recently brought up infielder Adeiny Hechavarria, who is a light hitter. However, Hechavarria is flexible, being a good defender at second, short and third, whereas Frazier could only be an emergency short term player at short or second. With regular shortstop Amed Rosario struggling defensively, there likely will be opportunities for Hechavarria to get playing time at shortstop, and just having him on the roster might push Rosario a bit, and a little competition never hurts, even though Hechavarria is not likely to be a full time starter.
Of course, the Mets could drop or option a non-infielder and keep Frazier. The bullpen gets heavy use, so it is unlikely they would shed a relief pitcher to make room for Frazier. They are certainly going to keep a backup catcher, so if the Mets opted to keep Frazier after Lowrie returns that would probably mean dropping outfielder Keon Broxton, who is out of options
The 33 year old Frazier is a team leader, and he is popular in the dugout as well as the press box. However, that can take a player only so far. When a fastball hitter like Frazier has trouble catching up with fastballs, that can only mean that the end is drawing near.