Frazier could emerge as the Rangers' starting first baseman, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. The Rangers are still undecided at first base, and neither Ronald Guzman nor Greg Bird held an advantage before spring training closed. The plan was for one of those two to win the job while Frazier played third base, but if neither takes hold of the job the Rangers will consider shifting Frazier across the diamond, and he did take groundballs at first base this spring. It's a decision that could be easier to make if Isiah Kiner-Falefa continues to show the potency at the plate he hinted at this spring and provides a plausible option at the hot corner.
The Rangers are having Frazier take groundballs at first base, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. That the Rangers are considering Frazier to play first base indicates two things. The battle between Ronald Guzman (6-for-30, 10 strikeouts) and Greg Bird (3-for-29, nine) at first base is close but far from heated. And Isiah Kiner-Falefa's productive spring (.389, four home runs, 11 RBI, 14 runs) has manager Chris Woodward considering him for an everyday job at third base. Frazier previously expressed a willingness to play first base, if needed.
Frazier agreed Sunday to a deal with the Rangers, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports. Texas didn't have the resources to make a serious run at Josh Donaldson in free agency or Nolan Arenado via trade, so the team settled on Frazier to address its void in the corner infield. While the terms of Frazier's deal aren't known, he'll likely be joining the Rangers on a one- or two-year deal with modest money attached to it. Frazier put together a .251/.329/.443 slash line across 499 plate appearances with the Mets in 2019 while vacillating between a full- and part-time role, but he should head into spring training as the favorite to start for the Rangers at first or third base, where he'll likely compete with less established options in Ronald Guzman and Nick Solak at those respective positions.
Frazier is not starting Tuesday against the Marlins. Frazier has hit .344 with three homers over his last 10 games. Jeff McNeil moves in to third base Tuesday, with J.D. Davis starting in left field.
Frazier went 1-for-2 with a solo home run, two runs and a walk during an 11-1 victory against the Diamondbacks on Thursday. When he's gone deep, Frazier has hit his homers usually in bunches. That's been true again this week, as Frazier has three home runs in his last two games. The veteran infielder also has seven RBI since Tuesday. Overall, he's batting .240 with 21 homers, 66 RBI, 57 runs and one steal in 408 at-bats this season.
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