Frazier signed a contract with the independent Sussex County Miners on Thursday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. The 35-year-old recently played for Team USA in the Olympic qualifiers after parting ways with Pittsburgh in mid-May, and he'll now continue his career in independent ball. Frazier struggled during his time with the Pirates, going 3-for-35 in 13 games.
Frazier elected free agency after being designated for assignment Monday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Frazier opted for free agency rather than accepting an assignment to Triple-A Indianapolis. He'll search for a deal with another team, though he's struggled to a .086/.200/.114 line across 40 plate appearances this season and is nearing the end of his career.
The Pirates designated Frazier for assignment Monday. Pittsburgh booted Frazier off the 40-man roster to make room for outfielder Ben Gamel, who was claimed off waivers from Cleveland. Over his 13 games with the Pirates, Frazier went 3-for-35 (.086 average) with no home runs. The 35-year-old's time in the big leagues looks like it could be nearing an end.
Frazier went 2-for-4 in Sunday's 6-5 win against the Cubs. The 35-year-old has struggled with his timing at the plate. He's now 5-for-35 in 2021, but Sunday's showing figures to keep him in the lineup with Colin Moran (groin) out for the next couple weeks. Frazier inexplicably took his foot off of first base while covering on a routine ground ball to second base, but the gaffe didn't cost his team. Manager Derek Shelton told 93.7 The Fan on Sunday that Phillip Evans and even Erik Gonzalez could also see time at first base.
Frazier should see increased playing time at first base after Colin Moran (groin) was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports. Moran exited Saturday's contest with the groin issue and will now be sidelined at least 10 days, opening up the starting spot at first base. Frazier has only one hit through his first 31 at-bats of the season, so it could be a brief opportunity if he's unable to get things going offensively.