Frazier's path to playing time is most likely as the right-handed portion of a first base platoon with the left-handed-hitting Colin Moran, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Although Frazier has primarily served as a third baseman throughout his career, the team's brightest prospect, Ke'Bryan Hayes, figures to see the bulk of playing time at the hot corner this year. Frazier has totaled 113 games at first base. Last year, he hit .343 against southpaws in 43 at-bats. While his roster spot isn't guaranteed off a minor-league deal, his main competition is the likes of Will Craig and the versatile Phillip Evans. As such, Frazier could prove to be a viable streaming option. He holds a career slash line at PNC Park of .307/.379/.553 with eight home runs, but of course that came against Pirates pitching.
Frazier signed a minor-league deal with the Pirates on Friday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, Kevin Williams of Shore Sports Network reports.
The 35-year-old will join his fifth team in the past five years. Frazier had a .236/.302/.382 slash line with four homers in 172 plate appearances between the Mets and Rangers in 2020. He'll likely be a bench option in the corner infield spots if he manages to make the Opening Day roster, but the team does have a vacancy at first base after trading Josh Bell in the offseason.
The Mets plan to decline Frazier's team contract option Wednesday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Frazier was traded from the Rangers to the Mets in August of 2020, but he'll now search for a new club after his contract was bought out by New York for $1.5 million. The 34-year-old had a career-worst .684 OPS with four home runs and 12 RBI in 2020, and he'll likely have to settle for a part-time role to begin the 2021 campaign.
Frazier isn't starting Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Nationals.
Frazier was slated to play a bench role for Friday's contest before it was rained out, and he'll remain out of the lineup for the first game of Saturday's twin bill. Luis Guillorme will serve as the third baseman during the matinee.
Frazier is not in the lineup Friday against the Nationals.
Frazier is 4-for-12 with a two-run homer over the past three games but will head to the bench Friday. Luis Guillorme receives the start at third base for the Mets.
Frazier went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 8-5 loss to the Rays.
Frazier went deep in the ninth inning to cut the Mets' deficit to three runs, but that was as close as it got. The 34-year-old is up to four homers, 11 RBI, 16 runs scored and a stolen base in 42 games between the Mets and the Rangers this season.
Frazier went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts Tuesday in the Mets' 5-2 win over the Rays.
Starting for just the second time in six games, Frazier looks poised to finish the season as a part-time player while the Mets remain at full strength in the infield. Frazier has supplied a .599 OPS in 10 games since joining the Mets following an Aug. 31 trade from the Rangers.
Frazier went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a solo home run and three runs scored Thursday against the Yankees.
Frazier got the start at third base as the team shuffled around its lineup to give Robinson Cano a day off. He delivered by smacking his first home run since returning to the Mets, while also coming around to score on two other occasions. Overall, Frazier is hitting .246/.321/.415 with three home runs, 14 runs scored and eight RBI across 131 plate appearances.
Frazier was sent from the Rangers to the Mets on Monday in exchange for a player to be named later, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Frazier returns to an organization for which he hit .233/.316/.418 with 39 homers in 2018 and 2019. It's not clear what sort of role he'll play upon his return, as primary third baseman J.D. Davis is battling a hip issue but appears to be no worse than day-to-day. Frazier hit just .244/.322/.380 in 31 games in Texas.
Frazier went 1-for-2 with a two-run single and two walks in Monday's 3-2 win over Oakland.
Frazier picked up his sixth and seventh RBI when he plated Nick Solak and Danny Santana with his single off Jesus Luzardo in the first inning. The veteran third baseman came into the game with just two hits in his previous 20 at-bats, so he will hope that reaching three times Monday can get him back on track.
Frazier is not in the lineup Sunday against the Mariners.
Frazier started the last seven games and went 4-for-26, so he'll head to the bench for Sunday's series finale. Isiah Kiner-Falefa returns to third base with Yadiel Rivera starting at shortstop since Elvis Andrus (back) is on the injured list.
Frazier is not in the starting nine Saturday night against the Rockies, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
Frazier reportedly has been dealing with some minor soreness in his quad and approached manager Chris Woodward to ask for the night off. The soreness is nothing to be concerned about as Frazier also is just 1-for-9 lifetime against Saturday's starter German Marquez. Look for Frazier to return to the lineup Sunday afternoon in the series finale.
Frazier is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Mariners, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
Rob Refsnyder is starting at first base in place of Frazier, who is sitting for the first time all season. The veteran infielder is slashing .304/.371/.500 with two home runs and one steal through 16 games.
Frazier went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's 6-4 loss to Oakland.
Frazier launched his second homer of the season in the sixth inning and posted his third straight multi-hit game. After a chilly start, Frazier is batting .370 (10-for-27) with six extra-base hits and five RBI over the last seven games.
Frazier went 1-for-4 with two RBI in Saturday's 7-3 loss against the Giants.
Frazier made the most of his lone hit in this game, smacking a single to right field that scored Elvis Andrus and Joey Gallo in the top of the first inning. That would be everything Frazier would accomplish, though, and it has been a slow start to the season for the 34-year-old. He has gone 5-for-23 (.217) in his first seven appearances.
Frazier went 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles, two runs scored and one RBI during Wednesday's 7-4 win over the Diamondbacks.
The 34-year-old entered Wednesday's contest with one single through his first 14 plate appearances, so the barrage of extra-base hits was a welcome sight. Frazier should continue to see the bulk of his opportunities at first base with Isiah Kiner-Falefa off to a solid start at third base.
Frazier started at first base and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Diamondbacks.
Frazier, who started the first game of the season at first base, had been covering third base while Isiah Kiner-Falefa dealt with a hamstring injury. With the latter returning from the injury Tuesday, Frazier reverted back to what is expected to be his primary position in 2020, if Kiner-Falefa's bat holds up at the hot corner.
Manager Chris Woodward said Tuesday that Frazier "will probably get the bulk of the playing time" at first base to begin the season, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
The 34-year-old signed with the Rangers in January with the likely intent of working at third base, but Isiah Kiner-Falefa's performance during spring and summer training shifted the team's plans. The youngster is now set to start at the hot corner, pushing Frazier across the diamond. Ronald Guzman and Greg Bird -- who were once competing for the starting role -- may now be fighting for the backup job at first base.
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.
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|2019||AFA-St. Lucie Mets||11||37||3||8||0||0||1||8||6||8||0||1||.216||.326||.297|