In an ideal world, free agent infielder Todd Frazier would like to work the spring, summer, and fall months close to his South Jersey hometown of Toms River. That goal could be achieved with two potential suitors located less than 100 miles north up the Garden State Parkway.
In the Bronx, the Yankees are weighing their options at third base, determining whether to roll with youth or experience at the hot corner this upcoming season. In Queens, the crosstown rival Mets are undergoing a similar search, hoping to find a talented, durable, and affordable player who can also handle the infield’s corner bags.
With a stagnant free agent market, Frazier’s next landing spot remains ambiguous. But the 31-year-old isn’t concerned about where he’ll be playing as long as it’s the right fit.
“This is a different free-agent year, you see some crazy stuff going on, man,” Frazier told the New York Post on Monday. “I know how good of a player I am. I’m confident in everything I do. No cockiness about it. I believe in myself, and I have believed in myself ever since I was a young kid. Nothing has changed. Nothing will change.”
In 2017, Frazier hit .213 with 27 home runs and 76 RBI in 147 combined games between the Chicago White Sox and Yankees. After New York acquired him in a blockbuster deal at the July 31 trade deadline, Frazier hit .222 with 11 homers, 32 RBI, 35 walks and 54 strikeouts. Although his regular season numbers weren’t gaudy, Frazier had a few memorable postseason hits which helped the Yankees reach Game 7 of the ALCS against the World Series champion Houston Astros.
According to The Post, Frazier — who isn’t dealing with an offseason injury for the first time in a long time — has spoken to both the Yankees and Mets this winter. Several reports have mentioned that Frazier is interested in a multi-year contract, but with the Yankees hoping to get under the $197 million luxury tax threshold in time for next year’s historic free agent class, a reunion may not be in the cards.
“It’s going to be a new, revitalized me,” Frazier said. “I want to prove that I’m worth it. I want to be prepared and be the leader I can be on the field. I know whatever team I do fit with, they’re going to get the best Todd Frazier they are ever going to have because I want to play better. I want to get my average up. I have a lot of goals set for myself. Whenever we figure out what team we are going to go with, it’s going to be a lot of fun because I’m going to get these guys going as much as I am going to get myself going.”