While a .225 average is never a desired commodity, it can be palatable if it carries along a boatload of homers, double-digit steals and the associated run production. That describes Todd Frazier's 2016 campaign. Unfortunately, in 2017, his average slipped to .213, homers fell from 40 to 27 and he only nabbed four bags compared to 15 the previous season. Even a move to the Bronx didn't help. as the 31-year-old righty hit just .222 with 11 homers over 66 games in pinstripes, losing playing time to Chase Headley down the stretch. Frazier's contact rate improved a little over 2016, but his .226 BABIP torpedoed his average. On paper, a BABIP rebound is possible as his line drive and hard hit rates portend better results. However, last season's mark was following the previous year's .236, so expecting a significant improvement is risky. Frazier's price will be seriously depressed, making him a target for rosters with a heavy batting average buffer or for formats which deemphasize average.
Frazier is in line to hit fourth for the Mets this season, Kevin Kernan of The New York Post reports. Once everyone is healthy, the 32-year-old would follow Michael Conforto (shoulder), Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce in the batting order with Adrian Gonzalez hitting fifth behind him, giving Frazier plenty of RBI opportunities over the summer. He's never had a 100-RBI campaign, but if he sees any kind of rebound in his BABIP after posting .236 and .226 marks over the last two seasons, Frazier might just be able to reach that plateau.
Frazier went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals. It's the first homer of the spring for one of the Mets' biggest offseason acquisitions. There's no doubting Frazier's power -- he's averaged nearly 33 home runs over the last four seasons -- but the declining contact ability and rising walk rate highlighted by last year's .213/.344/.428 slash line are classic signs of decaying skills for a player with his offensive profile. At 32 years old, Frazier could still easily have some productive seasons left in him, but it wouldn't be a huge surprise if he suddenly fell off a cliff statistically either.
Frazier agreed to a two-year, $17 million deal with the Mets on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. For the third consecutive season, Frazier's batting average fell. Over 147 games he hit .213, the lowest mark of his career. His power showed a steep decline as well, as his 27 home runs were his lowest total since 2013, and a significant drop from 2016's career-high level of 40. Frazier figures to see regular time at the hot corner with the Mets, but could give way to Wilmer Flores against lefties.
Frazier went 1-for-2 with a solo homer and a walk Saturday against the Blue Jays. Frazier belted his 27th bomb of the season to provide the Yankees an insurance run in the eighth inning of a road victory. He's cranked out six homers this month, but aside from his ability to leave the yard, his batting average has been a liability for fantasy owners.
Frazier went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer, a walk and two runs Saturday against the Orioles. Frazier launched his 26th bomb of the campaign in the seventh inning of an easy victory for the Yankees. He's homered five times this month, and fantasy owners in need of power down the stretch might want to turn to him as he remains hot.