When the New York Mets signed Todd Frazier in the offseason they knew what they were getting. The veteran third baseman had the kind of right-handed power the Mets were craving – plus a sure-handed glove that could plug the defensive black hole they had at third base.
But with Frazier they were also getting a big personality and vocal leader who could energize the clubhouse and help groom some of the younger players like Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto and Dominic Smith.
From Frazier’s perspective however, he was joining a team that was decimated by injuries last season, but was only a year away from back-to-back postseason appearances including a trip to the World Series in 2015. The Mets were a perfect fit.
“I’m very proud to say I’m a New York Met,” he said in his introductory press conference. “To have the opportunity to go from the Yankees to the Mets, I pinch myself every day.”
However, any baseball purist can tell you that a season frequently has a way of not going exactly the way you thought it would, and the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry, as the great poet Robert Burns wrote so long ago.
After Thursday afternoon’s 10-8 loss to the Colorado Rockies, the Mets now head home with the same 31-41 record they had a year ago when they lost 92 games.
Rumors have abounded for weeks that the Mets could soon start fielding calls and begin selling off many of their premium pieces including Cy Young candidate Jacob deGrom and young fireballer Noah Syndergaard.
Frazier had much to say about the many unfounded reports and trade rumors swirling around the team and made it crystal clear that he’s not a fan of any Mets sell-off at the trade deadline – big or small.
“I’m not a big fan of rebuilds,” Frazier said after the game. “You don’t trade guys like Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard or Zack Wheeler, just to name three off the top of my head. Those are top-of-the-line pitchers that you want on your squad for the rest of their careers.”
Frazier remains hopeful that the beleaguered offense will wake up in time for the Mets to get right back in the hunt for a wild card or more.
“In my mind, I think they should keep this team together. It’s a good bunch of guys. Eventually things will turn for the hitters and we’ll get more wins for them and things will happen.”
Frazier understands that the front office may have to do whatever they think is best for the organization, but remains optimistic the Mets won’t be sellers in the coming weeks.
“In my mind, I think they’d want to keep this team together, but you never know what’s going to happen.”