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According to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman, the White Sox, Indians, Nationals, Royals, Dodgers, Rangers and Angels are among teams believed to have some involvement or interest in Frazier.
Frazier, 29, started exclusively at third base and hit .255 with a .309 OBP, 35 HR, 89 RBI and a .498 slugging percentage this past season for the Reds. However, he struggled during the second half of 2015, hitting just .220 with a .274 OBP and .390 SLG.
Frazier, who won a Little League World Series with Toms River, NJ, will earn $8.25 million next season. He's eligible for salary arbitration in 2017, after which he can become a free agent.
The Reds reportedly asked the Indians for Carlos Carrasco or Danny Salazar, which is why talks with Cleveland broke down. In other words, if you want Frazier, expect the Reds to want Noah Syndergaard or Steven Matz >> Click here to read more
Idealistically speaking, the Mets acquire Frazier for less, then put him at first base, where he played 43 games with no problems in 2014. But, I can't see the Reds selling low on Frazier, whose value is down from where it was last summer. They may be best served keeping him for Opening Day, then trading him later in the season.
In return for Syndergaard or Matz, I would want more of a sure-thing than Frazier, who I like, but who I'm skeptical about because of the way he played in the second half. He had an incredible first half in 2015, after which he returned to hitting more balls on the ground. He also went back to pulling pitches and getting beat by outside fastballs, which is what he had been doing prior to last season.
I don't know if pitchers did a good job adjusting to his first-half success or if he just reverted back to old habits. But, in either case, I fear he's likely to go back to being the guy he was before and after the start of last season, which is someone hitting .240 with 20-25 HR, 30 doubles and 70 RBI. These stats fit the Mets nicely, but in return for Syndergaard or Matz...