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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: TODD FRAZIER 3B NEW YORK METS

So I guess you can in fact go home again.  Twice even in the case of veteran third baseman Todd Frazier.  The Toms River, New Jersey native signed a two-year deal worth $17 million with the New York Mets on Monday which followed a half-season stint with the cross-town Yankees in 2017.  With the Mets having played the market perfectly in waiting out Frazier (and thus not having to give a third year which the player wanted), the team gets themselves a lauded clubhouse guy and a 25-30 home run hitter at the hot corner. 

Now in digging in a bit more on Frazier, it does need to be pointed out how he has changed statistically a bit the last two years after he put up star numbers earlier in his career with the Cincinnati Reds.  It was as recently as 2016 when Frazier stamped himself as one of the best power hitters in the game as he slammed 40 home runs and collected 98 RBI for the Chicago White Sox.  Even more exciting was the fact Frazier also managed to swipe 15 bases in keeping with a career-trend of helping a bit there as well.  The problems resided in Frazier's batting average however as he hit just .225 during that campaign and than followed this up with an overall .222 last season in a combined year with the White Sox and Yankees.  That helped bring Frazier's career batting average down to an ugly .245 but it does need to be mentioned that he has struggled with annually bad BABIP luck to help bring those marks down seemingly on a yearly basis.  In addition, Frazier's running days appear to be over as well since he swiped just 4 bags all of last season. 

On the positive side, Frazier still blasted 27 home runs, scored 74, and drove in 76 runners last season.  He is clearly a three-category fantasy baseball contributor at this stage of the game and that needs to be priced into his draft cost.  It should not cost much at all anyways to get Frazier on your team as his lack of steals and ugly average will hurt his ADP for sure but overall, there are still some useful numbers here to pursue if you decide to wait on drafting your third baseman. 

2018 PROJECTION:  .234 28 HR 86 RBI 84 R 5 SB  


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