Frazier signed a one-year major-league contract with the Cubs on Tuesday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. Frazier once had plenty of prospect pedigree and has looked on the verge of a breakout at times, but repeated injury issues have prevented him from establishing himself as a big-league regular. Those issues reached a worrisome point in 2021, when he was limited to 66 games by eye troubles, vertigo and fogginess. If fully healthy, Frazier could be a valuable piece for the Cubs in 2022, but the team may be best served treating that outcome as a pleasant surprise.
Frazier was released by the Yankees on Tuesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Still just 27 years old, Frazier is talented enough that he'll likely interest at least a few teams, as he owns a respectable 105 career wRC+ and hit .267/.347/.497 in 108 games in 2019 and 2020. He struggled significantly in 2021 and wound up being limited to just 66 games by an ailment which left him with eye issues and vertigo. Those issues are beyond the scope of what players who earn the "injury-prone" label typically have to deal with, so he'll carry major question marks heading into 2022.
Frazier, who struggled with vertigo-related issues for most of last season, was designated for assignment by the Yankees on Friday. This is quite a fall from grace for Frazier, who had a 149 wRC+ in 160 plate appearances in 2020 and then hit .186/.317/.317 in 66 games last season. Given his raw talent, a rebuilding club will likely take a chance on Frazier now that he is on waivers.
GM Brian Cashman said Tuesday that Frazier (eye) recently resumed participating in baseball activities, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. Frazier missed the final three months of the season while battling fogginess and dizziness, which he was still experiencing as recently as mid-October, but he's apparently overcome most of those issues now that he's doing baseball work. The 27-year-old's outlook entering spring training remains up in the air, but if he continues progressing he should be ready to go come February.
Frazier (eye) continues to experience fogginess and dizziness, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Frazier remains in contact with the Yankees' medical staff about the issue, one which has bothered him since midseason. He doesn't appear to be making much progress with the ailment, and it's difficult to predict when he'll be able to lead a normal life, let alone play baseball.