Todd Frazier, 3B
Player Data: Age: 32, B/T: R/R
Basic Stats: 115 G, 472 PA, 18 2B, 18 HR, 59 RBI, .213/.303/.390
Advanced Stats: 93 wRC+, .302 wOBA, .241 BABIP, .176 ISO, 1.5 fWAR, 1.9 bWAR
Free Agency: 2020
2019 Salary: $9 million
The Mets signed the steady Todd Frazier for two years, hoping he could be a solidly above-average everyday option at the hot corner. He was a relative disappointment compared to what the Mets were hoping for. Not counting his first season when he only played 41 games, Frazier posted career-lows in a number of categories, including games played, AVG, wRC+, WAR, and home runs. His 472 PA were his lowest total since he had 465 in 2012. A model of consistency in terms of staying on the field, Frazier was hampered by some injuries and didn’t quite live up to that reputation this year.
Coming off a 3.1 fWAR season in 2017, Frazier was able to post the second highest walk rate of his career, and his defense was solid but unspectacular. However, he hit .213 for the second straight year, and his walk rate lowered from 14.4% to 10.2%. The result was just a .303 OBP, the worst full-season OBP of his career. His power continued to decline as well, as his ISO lowered for the third straight year to .176, and he ended up with a sub-.400 SLG for the first time in his career.
Instead of a 3-4 win player, the Mets got a 2-win player and Frazier will play the entire 2018 season at 33-years old.
Frazier is still a solid starter and plays good defense, so third base isn’t the most desperate of needs for the Mets. That being said, the Mets should be active in the market for Manny Machado and Josh Donaldson Frazier seems to be slowly starting the decline phase of his respectable career, so the Mets should probably feel lucky that they only have one more year of him.
While Machado would be nice, it’s already been reported that the Mets won’t pursue him. In the meantime, Frazier will continue to be a solid clubhouse presence that plays solid defensive and the Mets have to hope that his offense doesn’t continue to decline.